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[hahy-presh-er] /ˈhaɪˈprɛʃ ər/
having or involving a pressure above the normal:
high-pressure steam.
vigorous; persistent; aggressive:
high-pressure salesmanship.
verb (used with object), high-pressured, high-pressuring.
to employ aggressively forceful and unrelenting sales tactics on (a prospective customer):
high-pressured into buying a car.
Origin of high-pressure
1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But he hasn't been in a high-pressure situation where he's had to make a serious decision, either.
  • For a usable hydrogen-powered car, the research into compression and storage of high-pressure hydrogen must improve considerably.
  • Refilling can be done by plugging in at home or at a special high-pressure air station.
  • It's an understatement to say that being in a sniper team is a high-pressure job.
  • He also developed safer high-pressure blast furnaces to contain the reaction.
  • high-pressure steam forced the water to the surface of the mine.
  • There is an argument to be made that it is unfair to put kids into such a high-pressure situation.
  • Or, for that personal touch, you can start and stop the high-pressure pump manually.
  • The contraption is surrounded by electrical equipment, vacuum pumps, high-pressure gas bottles.
  • Flash plants pull deep, high-pressure hot water into cooler, low-pressure water.
British Dictionary definitions for high-pressure


having, using, involving, or designed to withstand a pressure above normal pressure: a high-pressure gas, a high-pressure cylinder
(informal) (of selling) persuasive in an aggressive and persistent manner
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