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English definition of “hard-pressed”

hard-pressed

adjective     /ˌhɑːdˈprest/
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 when many analysts had predicted the company would be hard-pressed to find an offer higher than $70.
(Definition of hard-pressed adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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