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  1. heavily burdened or oppressed, as by overwork or financial difficulties; harried; put-upon.

Origin of hard-pressed

First recorded in 1815–25


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assailed, plagued, beset, bedeviled, beleaguered.
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British Dictionary definitions for hard pressed


  1. in difficultiesthe swimmer was hard-pressed
  2. subject to severe competition
  3. subject to severe attack
  4. 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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