[ hahrd-prest ]
/ ˈhɑrdˈprɛst /
heavily burdened or oppressed, as by overwork or financial difficulties; harried; put-upon.
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Origin of hard-pressed
First recorded in 1815–25
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British Dictionary definitions for hard-pressed
in difficultiesthe swimmer was hard-pressed
subject to severe competition
subject to severe attack
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Idioms and Phrases with hard-pressed
Overburdened, put upon, as in With all these bills to pay we find ourselves hard pressed. [c. 1800]
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