English citations of pressing
- needing urgent attention
- 1841, Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge, ch. 75,
- “I come on business.—Private,” he added, with a glance at the man who stood looking on, “and very pressing business.”
- 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, ch. 3, Manchester Insurrection,
- And now the world will have to pause a little, and take up that other side of the problem, and in right earnest strive for some solution of that. For it has become pressing.
- 1891, Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 2,
- You are very pressing, Basil, but I am afraid I must go.
- 1908, Joseph Conrad, "The Duel,"
- He was pressing and persuasive.