Meaning of “hard-pressed” in the English Dictionary

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"hard-pressed" in British English

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hard-pressedadjective

uk /ˌhɑːdˈprest/ us /ˌhɑːrdˈprest/

(Definition of “hard-pressed” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hard-pressed" in American English

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hard-pressedadjective

/ˈhɑrdˈprest/ also hard-put, /ˈhɑrdˈpʊt/

experiencing a lot of difficulty:

Most people would be hard-pressed to name all their elected officials.

(Definition of “hard-pressed” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"hard-pressed" in Business English

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hard-pressedadjective

uk /ˌhɑːdˈprest/ us

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” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)