pressed for time

In a hurry, as in How long will it take? I'm really pressed for time. This idiom uses press in the sense of “subject to pressure,” a usage dating from the late 1600s.


Nearby words

  1. pressburg,
  2. pressburger,
  3. pressed,
  4. pressed brick,
  5. pressed duck,
  6. pressed glass,
  7. presser,
  8. presser foot,
  9. pressie,
  10. pressing

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