hard put
adjective Date: 1893 barely able ; faced with difficulty or perplexity <
was hard put to find an explanation
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  • hard put — adjective facing or experiencing financial trouble or difficulty (Freq. 1) 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… …   Useful english dictionary

  • hard put — or[hard put to it] {adj.} In a difficult position; faced with difficulty; barely able. * /John was hard put to find a good excuse for his lateness in coming to school./ * /The scouts found themselves hard put to it to find the way home./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hard put — or[hard put to it] {adj.} In a difficult position; faced with difficulty; barely able. * /John was hard put to find a good excuse for his lateness in coming to school./ * /The scouts found themselves hard put to it to find the way home./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hard put — adj. facing difficulties hard put to + inf. (she was hard put to pay her rent) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • hard\ put — adj In a difficult position; faced with difficulty; barely able. John was hard put to find a good excuse for his lateness in coming to school. The scouts found themselves hard put to it to find the way home …   Словарь американских идиом

  • hard put — adjective To be in a situation that is difficult to resolve. I know what it means, but would be hard put to define it …   Wiktionary

  • hard put — unable to answer easily, stump me    He was hard put to answer the questions on cold fission …   English idioms

  • hard put — idi in great perplexity or difficulty; at a loss: We are hard put to pay the rent now[/ex] …   From formal English to slang

  • hard-put — /hahrd poot /, adj. See hard (def. 55). [1890 95] * * * …   Universalium

  • hard-put — /hahrd poot /, adj. See hard (def. 55). [1890 95] …   Useful english dictionary

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