Hard pushed

greatly pressed; as, he was hard pushed or hard run for time, money, etc.
- Milton.

See also: Hard

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
Poor old Uncle Silas--why, it's pitiful, him trying to curry favor that way--so hard pushed and poor, and yet hiring that useless Jubiter Dunlap to please his ornery brother."
Formerly, when how to get my living honestly, with freedom left for my proper pursuits, was a question which vexed me even more than it does now, for unfortunately I am become somewhat callous, I used to see a large box by the railroad, six feet long by three wide, in which the laborers locked up their tools at night; and it suggested to me that every man who was hard pushed might get such a one for a dollar, and, having bored a few auger holes in it, to admit the air at least, get into it when it rained and at night, and hook down the lid, and so have freedom in his love, and in his soul be free.
Your tech columnist claims that 'you would be hard pushed to find a decent phone for less than PS700'.
Your Tech columnist claims that 'you would be hard pushed to find a decent phone for less than PS700.' Presumably that would be to replace last month's PS600 phone.
Ups, downs, world title fights, British title wins, one-punch knockout victories and tasty rivalries with Manchester's Anthony Crolla provided some of the best ringside moments of recent years and Merseyside boxing will be hard pushed to find someone of Mathews' ilk for years to come.
If a large crowd were to put up their hands we would be hard pushed to notice the fact that marginally over half voted for Leave.
YOU'LL be hard pushed to find many Cardiffians across the city with a good word to say for the Maelfa shopping centre in Llanedeyrn.
Estate agents have advised he'll be hard pushed to sell it - even after the construction.
I'm looking at St Mirren who haven't won a home league game this season, so you would be hard pushed to see Rangers falling at this particular hurdle."
"You'd be hard pushed to find a more challenging and better-run event in the world."
You'd be hard pushed to do the limbo in that skirt, love
I championed David Emanuel from the start so I was thrilled to see him in the final with Kian Egan - and two nicer guys you'll be hard pushed to find.