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"hard-pressed" in British English

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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

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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 ​theirelectedofficials.
(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   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)
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