hard-pressed

hard-pressed

[hahrd-prest]
adjective
heavily burdened or oppressed, as by overwork or financial difficulties; harried; put-upon.
Also, hardpressed.


Origin:
1815–25


assailed, plagued, beset, bedeviled, beleaguered.
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hard-pressed
 
adj
1.  in difficulties: the swimmer was hard-pressed
2.  subject to severe competition
3.  subject to severe attack
4.  closely pursued

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