hard-pressed Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “hard-pressed” in the English Dictionary

"hard-pressed" in British English

See all translations

hard-pressedadjective

uk   /ˌhɑːdˈprest/  us   /ˌhɑːrd-/
having a lot of difficulties doing something, ​especially because there is not enough ​time or ​money: The ​latesteducationreforms have put ​extrapressure on ​teachers who are already hard-pressed. Because of ​shortages, the ​emergencyservices were hard-pressed todeal with the ​accident. Most ​people would be hard-pressed (= would ​find it ​difficult) toname more than ​half a ​dozenmembers of the ​government.
(Definition of hard-pressed from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hard-pressed" in American English

See all translations

hard-pressedadjective

 /ˈhɑrdˈprest/ (also hard-put,  /ˈhɑrdˈpʊt/ )
experiencing a lot of ​difficulty: Most ​people would be hard-pressed to ​name all ​theirelectedofficials.
(Definition of hard-pressed from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"hard-pressed" in Business English

See all translations

hard-pressedadjective

uk   us   /ˌhɑːdˈprest/
experiencing a lot of difficulty, especially because there is not enough ​time or ​money: Michigan's hard-pressed ​manufacturingsectorshed 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 ​offerhigher than $70.
(Definition of hard-pressed from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of hard-pressed?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

float

a large vehicle with a flat surface that is decorated and used in festivals

Word of the Day

Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
by Liz Walter,
February 03, 2016
My previous post (My leg hurts: Talking about illness (1)) presented some general vocabulary to use at the doctor’s. This one looks at some more specific areas of illness and explains some useful words and phrases that you may need to use or understand on a visit to the doctor’s. There are several

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More