- having or involving a pressure above the normal: high-pressure steam.
- vigorous; persistent; aggressive: high-pressure salesmanship.
- to employ aggressively forceful and unrelenting sales tactics on (a prospective customer): high-pressured into buying a car.
Origin of high-pressure
First recorded in 1815–25
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Examples from the Web for high-pressure
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This was the first mishap from the use of high-pressure steam.
- having, using, involving, or designed to withstand a pressure above normal pressurea high-pressure gas; a high-pressure cylinder
- informal (of selling) persuasive in an aggressive and persistent manner
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