or hard·pressed



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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Contemporary Examples of hard-pressed

Historical Examples of hard-pressed

  • Dancing, hard-pressed, made a dash to break through the circle to liberty.

    The Mountain Divide

    Frank H. Spearman

  • For a while he was hard-pressed by this ugly, poison-toothed creature.

  • It was on this account that he gave easy terms to the hard-pressed Sultan.

    The Story of Russia

    R. Van Bergen, M.A.

  • He will also, when hard-pressed, take the most desperate leaps to avoid his foes.

    The Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • The American farmers in our county were quite as hard-pressed as their neighbours from other countries.

    My Antonia

    Willa Cather

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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