hard-pressed


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hard-pressed

(härd′prĕst′)
adj.
Experiencing great difficulty or distress: financially hard-pressed.

hard-pressed

adj
1. in difficulties; struggling: the swimmer was hard-pressed; he was hard-pressed to get the work done on time.
2. subject to severe competition
3. subject to severe attack
4. closely pursued

hard-pressed

(ˈhɑrdˈprɛst)

adj.
heavily burdened or oppressed.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.hard-pressed - facing or experiencing financial trouble or difficulty; "distressed companies need loans and technical advice"; "financially hard-pressed Mexican hotels are lowering their prices"; "we were hard put to meet the mortgage payment"; "found themselves in a bad way financially"
troubled - characterized by or indicative of distress or affliction or danger or need; "troubled areas"; "fell into a troubled sleep"; "a troubled expression"; "troubled teenagers"

hard-pressed

1.
adjective under pressure, pushed (informal), harried, in difficulties, up against it (informal), with your back to the wall Hard-pressed consumers are spending less on luxuries.
1. pushed (informal), in difficulties, up against it (informal) This year the airline will be hard-pressed to make a profit.
Translations

hard-pressed

[ˈhɑːdprest] ADJ to be hard-pressedestar en apuros
our hard-pressed economynuestra agobiada economía
you'd be hard-pressed to find a better deal than thatle va a ser difícil encontrar una oferta mejor

hard-pressed

[ˌhɑːdˈprɛst] adjin difficoltà
References in classic literature ?
The American farmers in our county were quite as hard-pressed as their neighbours from other countries.
It made him feel, this acquired faculty, like some monstrous stealthy cat; he wondered if he would have glared at these moments with large shining yellow eyes, and what it mightn't verily be, for the poor hard-pressed ALTER EGO, to be confronted with such a type.
At last the fugitive, hard-pressed, takes to a narrow passage and a court which has no thoroughfare.
I hadn't the heart to discharge them--poor creatures, they were pretty hard-pressed when they deserted with the food and silver.
Whether or not the Revolution would be depended upon the Junta, and the Junta was hard-pressed.
But early in the fifth century the Romans, hard-pressed even in Italy by other barbarian invaders, withdrew all their troops and completely abandoned Britain.
Hurston's line, ``They seemed to be staring at the dark, but their eyes were watching God,'' was a description of a moment of romantic perfection that a movie is hard-pressed to convey as eloquently, so here it's passed off as pallid uplift.
Villaraigosa says Hahn has been dragging his feet on ethics reform, a charge that the mayor is hard-pressed to deny.
You'd be hard-pressed to recall a lineup more potent than Saturday's.
The court may deny the request, but it would be hard-pressed to deny the underlying premise that the city, the county and the state have failed to put serious growth plans in place.
However, with the continued price gouging of both hardware and software categories, the industry's sales will be hard-pressed to surpass 2003 through the remainder of the current hardware platform's life cycles.
If the defense has to carry USC for three quarters a game, the Trojans (2-0) will be hard-pressed to maintain their national-title hopes.