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or hardpressed

[hahrd-prest] /ˈhɑrdˈprɛst/
heavily burdened or oppressed, as by overwork or financial difficulties; harried; put-upon.
Origin of hard-pressed
First recorded in 1815-25
assailed, plagued, beset, bedeviled, beleaguered. Unabridged
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  • Ambrose only exclaimed “O uncle, you must have been hard pressed.”

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Burke took refuge, as his wont was when too hard pressed, in a mighty bellow.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Who drove us into the arms of Athens, when we were hard pressed by the tyranny of Thebes?

  • You may, if you like, call in the assistance of Irish when hard pressed?

    The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete Charles James Lever (1806-1872)
  • They 're so hard pressed for messengers, they've got no time to examine you.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for hard pressed


in difficulties: the swimmer was hard-pressed
subject to severe competition
subject to severe attack
closely pursued
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Idioms and Phrases with hard pressed

hard pressed

Overburdened, put upon, as in With all these bills to pay we find ourselves hard pressed. [ c. 1800 ]
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