hard-pressed


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hard-pressed

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

(ˈhɑrdˈprɛst)

adj.
heavily burdened or oppressed.
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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"
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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.
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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
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hard-pressed

[ˌhɑːdˈprɛst] adjin difficoltà
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References in classic literature ?
Whether or not the Revolution would be depended upon the Junta, and the Junta was hard-pressed. The need for money was greater than ever before, while money was harder to get.
The American farmers in our county were quite as hard-pressed as their neighbours from other countries.
At last the fugitive, hard-pressed, takes to a narrow passage and a court which has no thoroughfare.
Home visits only last 15 minutes, and that's if you even qualify for them, while extortionate care home prices put already hard-pressed families under unbearable financial strain.
Conservative Nigel Evans said low milk prices might sound good but should not effectively subsidise hard-pressed families' food budgets.
IF DRIVERS are so hard-pressed that they object to paying for parking, why don't they use public transport like the really hard-pressed who can't afford cars?
The children's charity asked 2,000 hard-pressed families how they will make ends meet - and the answers showed festive cheer was in short supply.
Certainly when it comes to the mega stars or 'Galacticos' as they're know in La Liga, you'd be hard-pressed to argue otherwise.
The donations follow calls from the Government urging schools to help cut the cost of school uniforms for hard-pressed parents.
He said the need for Church action was now more urgent than ever as "hard-pressed" people found they were on a "down escalator" in life.
Summary: The economy will enjoy an "Indian summer" as falling inflation helps hard-pressed households despite failing to grow in last quarter.
Summary: ATHENS - Greece's jobless rate scaled a new record high in April, data showed on Thursday, providing gloomy news for the hard-pressed coalition government that emerged from the country's rerun election in June.