or hard·pressed

[ hahrd-prest ]
/ ˈhɑrdˈprɛst /


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

Origin of hard-pressed

First recorded in 1815–25

SYNONYMS FOR hard-pressed

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



in difficultiesthe swimmer was hard-pressed
subject to severe competition
subject to severe attack
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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