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How to use hard-pressed in a sentence
I am not the most financially literate person (I would be hard-pressed to articulate the term “junk bond”).
One would be hard-pressed to find an earlier opponent of the Nazis than Dietrich von Hildebrand.
He says he likes Truffaut's work, but is hard pressed to think of a title.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was a cutthroat move from investors, hard-pressed to turn a profit on a film that was a domestic disappointment.
But Baghdad would be hard pressed to extend that invitation to Syria.White House Has No International Legal Justification for Hitting ISIS in Syria | Josh Rogin | September 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Spaniards, hard pressed on all sides, seemed determined to make their last stand in the old citadel.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
But his lips were hard pressed and his eyes became suddenly contemptuous, then smiling.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
Herron's men were hard pressed, but grimly they held to their position, awaiting the arrival of Blunt.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
But the war had reached a critical stage; the Confederate army was hard pressed on every side.The Supplies for the Confederate Army | Caleb Huse
hard-pressed brick of a light colour makes an excellent outer wall-surface.Essays In Pastoral Medicine | Austin Malley
British Dictionary definitions for hard-pressed
in difficulties: the swimmer was hard-pressed
subject to severe competition
subject to severe attack
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other 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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