hard-pressed
hard-pressed hard-pressed adj. facing or experiencing trouble or difficulty; as, financially hard-pressed Mexican hotels are lowering their prices; they were hard-pressed to find a substitute on short notice; -- see {distressed}[1].

Syn: distressed, hard put, in a bad way(predicate), in trouble(predicate). [WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • hard-pressed — adjective a person or organization that is hard pressed does not have enough money for the things they need: An extra four million is being spent on hard pressed education services. be hard pressed (to do something) used for saying that something …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hard-pressed — UK US /ˌhɑːdˈprest/ adjective ► experiencing a lot of difficulty, especially because there is not enough time or money: »Michigan s hard pressed manufacturing sector shed another 2,000 jobs. hard pressed to do sth »They received $71.50 a share… …   Financial and business terms

  • hard-pressed — adj having a lot of problems and not enough money or time ▪ The new exams will only add to the workload of already hard pressed teachers. →be hard pressed to do sth at ↑hard2 (5) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hard-pressed — [härd′prest′] adj. confronted with a difficulty or harassment …   English World dictionary

  • hard-pressed — ► ADJECTIVE 1) closely pursued. 2) in difficulties …   English terms dictionary

  • hard-pressed — also hard pressed 1) ADJ GRADED If someone is hard pressed, they are under a great deal of strain and worry, usually because they have not got enough money. [JOURNALISM] The region s hard pressed consumers are spending less on luxuries. 2) ADJ… …   English dictionary

  • hard pressed — Synonyms and related words: at the double, crowded, desperate, double quick, double time, hard up, hard pressed, hard pushed, hard run, hurried, in desperate straits, in extremis, in extremities, on the double, pinched, pressed, pressed for time …   Moby Thesaurus

  • hard-pressed — adjective 1 having a lot of problems and not enough money or time: Hard pressed local authorities are finding it difficult to pay for essential services. 2 sb would be hard pressed to do sth used to say that it would be difficult for someone to… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • hard-pressed — UK / US adjective a person or organization that is hard pressed does not have enough money for the things that they need • be hard pressed (to do something) used for saying that something is difficult to do or is unlikely to happen You d be hard… …   English dictionary

  • hard-pressed — adjective a) Barely able. Although they are still available, I think we would be hard pressed to find one on short notice. b) Experiencing financial difficulty or difficulty in surviving. The earthquake left the residents hard pressed. Syn: hard… …   Wiktionary

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