[ hahrd-poot ]


Origin of hard-put

First recorded in 1890–95

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How to use hard-put in a sentence

  • But conspiracy theorists will be hard put to connect the dots.

  • He who had always been poor, and had often been hard put to it to pay for food and clothes, found himself ridiculously wealthy.

    The Everlasting Arms | Joseph Hocking
  • I lived on a ranch in California, and was hard put to find the ladder whereby to climb.

  • A man in Brocton's position must be hard put to it to turn traitor in this strange fashion.

    The Yeoman Adventurer | George W. Gough
  • Osmo was an industrious youth, but the farm was small and barren and he was hard put to it to make a livelihood.

    Mighty Mikko | Parker Fillmore