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pressure

noun (PERSUADING)    /ˈpreʃ.ər/ US  //
B2 the act of trying to make someone else do something by arguing, persuading, etc.: public/political pressure Teachers are under increasing pressure to work longer hours. [+ to infinitive] Pressure to abandon the new motorway is increasing. The government is facing pressure from environmental campaigners. He only asked her under pressure from his wife (= because his wife forced him to). She's putting pressure on him (= trying to persuade him) to get married.formal The international community is trying to bring pressure to bear on the government (= trying to persuade them) to resolve the situation.Causing somebody to actUrging and persuadingUrging and persuadingCausing somebody to act B2 [C or U] a difficult situation that makes you feel worried or unhappy: She's got a lot of pressure on her at work just now. Be nice to him - he's been under a lot of pressure recently. Can you work well under pressure? the pressures of workAnxiety and worry - general wordsFear and phobias so no pressure then! humorous something that you say when what someone has just said makes you feel that you must try very hard to do something: 'These exams are the most important of all.' 'Oh, so no pressure then!'Trying and making an effortEffort and expending energy
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