Many are pleading with America to take a more active role in pressuring their government.
Sometimes this amounts to nothing more than pressuring friends into listening to a song we desperately love.
“I was already 25 and my parents were pressuring me, non-stop, to get married,” she says of why she began her venture in 2007.
Just like he did when Bush was pressuring him, and he did almost nothing, a few fig-leaf local elections that meant little.
In pressuring Mitt Romney into choosing Paul Ryan, the far right has pulled off a coup.
Next target: pressuring Federal Express to remove its name from the stadium.
How could they so boldly imply that no one of African descent was involved in pressuring Lincoln to free slaves?
Five is somewhat better, the sky is pressuring evening and, by six, is big with shadows that foresee the coming dark.
I hope you didn't think I was probing into your personal affairs or pressuring you too severely.
You're holding our radioactives off the market, pressuring the government for a price rise which it can't afford.
late 14c., "suffering, anguish; act or fact of pressing on the mind or heart," from Old French presseure "oppression; torture; anguish; press" (for wine or cheeses), "instrument of torture" (12c.) and directly from Latin pressura "action of pressing," from pressus, past participle of premere "to press" (see press (v.1)).
Literal meaning "act or fact of pressing" in a physical sense is attested from early 15c. Meaning "moral or mental coercing force" is from 1620s; meaning "urgency" is from 1812. Scientific sense in physics is from 1650s. Pressure cooker is attested from 1915; figurative sense is from 1958. Pressure point is attested from 1876. Pressure-treated, of woods, is from 1911.
"to pressurize," 1886, American English, from pressure (n.). Meaning "to exert pressure on" (someone) is attested by 1922. Related: Pressured; pressuring.
pressure pres·sure (prěsh'ər)
The act of pressing or condition of being pressed.
A stress or force acting in any direction against resistance.
Force applied uniformly over a surface, measured as force per unit of area.
The force per unit area that one region of a gas, liquid, or solid exerts on another. Pressure is usually measured in Pascal units, atmospheres, or pounds per square inch. ◇ A substance is said to have negative pressure if some other substance exerts more force per unit area on it than vice versa. Its value is simply the negative of the pressure exerted by the other substance.