(to be) hard pressed to

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - hard-pressed to

"(to be) hard pressed to"

able to do something only with great difficulty


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - hard-pressed to

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: We really need that report by four o'clock.

Colleague 2: I am going to be very hard pressed to finish it by four. That is only three hours away and I have at least six more hours of work to get it even close to ready.

Colleague 1: Then I guess we had better find you some help then.

Colleague 2: That might make the deadline possible.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - hard-pressed to

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: I have had so many unexpected bills this month that I am hard-pressed to find enough money to pay the rent.

Friend 2: Maybe you could pawn something?

Friend 1: Looks like I am going to have to if I want to pay my rent but I really hate to go down that road. Next month, it will cost me a lot to get my stuff out of pawn and then I will be in trouble for the following month's rent.

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(to be) hard pressed to - Gerund Form:

Being hard pressed to finish the project on time, he enlisted the aid of several colleagues.

(to be) hard pressed to - Examples:

1)  ... because it's gotten so darn expensive. One is hard pressed to find a humble baguette at the grocery store for less than $3.

2)  ... native app for iOS, but even if they did, they'd be hard pressed to compete with gMusic -- at least in terms of features. 

3)  In any given day if you deal with cash you'll be hard pressed to find any dollar bill that is older than 1980. 

4)  All CSS-based sites do not use Javascript, but you'll be hard pressed to find many sites these days without at least a little Javascript on them.

5)  ... volt stun gun that can easily light paper on fire but would be very hard pressed to kill anyone with a decently healthy heart, but there is always that risk.

6)  Italy is full of immigrants from all over the world -- you'd be hard pressed to find a culture that is not present in this country.

7)  Interesting article, though I think I'd be hard pressed to live a life without pasta.

8)  ... neighbor came to me for help, the Christ follower in me would be hard pressed to ignore them or send them away. 

9)  Seriously though, my employer would've been hard pressed to find a replacement for me as we are short staffed as it is.

10)  ... years since the last 32-bit desktop processor was manufactured, and you'll be hard pressed to find a used 32-bit computer.

11)  Actually, not all entrepreneurial companies are tech companies but you'd be hard pressed to find a clue about that.

12)  But that won't happen because the schools would be hard-pressed to survive without a revenue-producing winning athletic program. 

13)  In Germany, according to a recent assessment, 70% of employers are hard-pressed to find the right people. The skills deficit is exacerbated by the ...

14)  ... the best product we've ever put out to control weeds. You'd be hard-pressed to find a weed where it was sprayed.

15)  ... needs flexibility so she can rush home to cook dinner. And you'd be hard-pressed to find a woman who would be content to have a 25 percent smaller paycheck.

16)  Unfortunately, however, even the world's greatest negotiator would be hard-pressed to resolve the internal conflicts that beset Iraq today.

17)  If guitar is your thing, you're in luck as you'd be hard-pressed to not find online lessons.

18)  ... campaign aides already know to the dollar, updated hourly. They will be hard-pressed to explain why the public should not also have this information.

19)  With little time left on the legislative clock, policymakers will be hard-pressed to top the tax policy blunders they've already made this year. 

20)  As countries have breached that limit, they have been more hard-pressed to secure credit.