- 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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Related Words for hard pressedtroubled, distressed, agitated, bothered, beset, worried, harassed, stressed, anxious, hard-pressed
- in difficultiesthe swimmer was hard-pressed
- subject to severe competition
- subject to severe attack
- closely pursued
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Overburdened, put upon, as in With all these bills to pay we find ourselves hard pressed. [c. 1800]
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