hard-pressed

or hard·pressed

[hahrd-prest]

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. hard-mouthed,
  2. hard-nose,
  3. hard-nosed,
  4. hard-of-hearing,
  5. hard-on,
  6. hard-put,
  7. hard-rock,
  8. hard-sell,
  9. hard-set,
  10. hard-shell

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

hard-pressed

adjective

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