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hard-pressed

or hardpressed

[hahrd-prest] /ˈhɑrdˈprɛst/
adjective
1.
heavily burdened or oppressed, as by overwork or financial difficulties; harried; put-upon.
Origin of hard-pressed
1815-1825
First recorded in 1815-25
Synonyms
assailed, plagued, beset, bedeviled, beleaguered.
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  • Dancing, hard-pressed, made a dash to break through the circle to liberty.

    The Mountain Divide Frank H. Spearman
  • For a while he was hard-pressed by this ugly, poison-toothed creature.

    The Status Civilization Robert Sheckley
  • It was on this account that he gave easy terms to the hard-pressed Sultan.

    The Story of Russia R. Van Bergen, M.A.
  • He will also, when hard-pressed, take the most desperate leaps to avoid his foes.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • The American farmers in our county were quite as hard-pressed as their neighbours from other countries.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
British Dictionary definitions for hard-pressed

hard-pressed

adjective
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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