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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   us   /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 from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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