hard-pressed

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hard-pressed (comparative more hard-pressed, superlative most hard-pressed)

  1. (idiomatic, usually with to-infinitive) Barely able. Having difficulty doing something.
    Although they are still available, I think we would be hard-pressed to find one on short notice.
  2. (idiomatic) Experiencing financial difficulty or difficulty in surviving.
    The earthquake left the residents hard-pressed.

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