hard put, be

Find something very difficult, as in The show was so bad that I was hard put to conceal my dismay, or Manufacturers will be hard put to meet the new standards. [c. 1700]


Nearby words

  1. hard peach,
  2. hard porn,
  3. hard power,
  4. hard pressed,
  5. hard pulse,
  6. hard rays,
  7. hard right,
  8. hard rock,
  9. hard row to hoe,
  10. hard rubber

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