"(to be) hard put to"
able to do something only with great difficulty
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Two colleagues are talking ...
Colleague 1: We really need that report by four o'clock.
Colleague 2: I am going to be very hard put 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.
Two friends are talking ...
Friend 1: I have had so many unexpected bills this month that I am hard-put 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.
Being hard put to finish the project on time, he enlisted the aid of several colleagues.
1) ... because it's gotten so darn expensive. One is hard put 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 put to compete with gMusic -- at least in terms of features.
3) In any given day if you deal with cash you'll be hard put to find any dollar bill that is older than 1980.
5) ... volt stun gun that can easily light paper on fire but would be very hard put 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 put to find a culture that is not present in this country.
7) Interesting article, though I think I'd be hard put to live a life without pasta.
8) ... neighbor came to me for help, the Christ follower in me would be hard put to ignore them or send them away.
9) Seriously though, my employer would've been hard put 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 put to find a used 32-bit computer.
11) Actually, not all entrepreneurial companies are tech companies but you'd be hard put to find a clue about that.
12) But that won't happen because the schools would be hard-put to survive without a revenue-producing winning athletic program.
13) In Germany, according to a recent assessment, 70% of employers are hard-put 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-put to find a weed where it was sprayed.
15) ... needs flexibility so she can rush home to cook dinner. And you'd be hard-put 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-put to resolve the internal conflicts that beset Iraq today.
17) If guitar is your thing, you're in luck as you'd be hard-put to not find online lessons.
18) ... campaign aides already know to the dollar, updated hourly. They will be hard-put to explain why the public should not also have this information.
19) With little time left on the legislative clock, policymakers will be hard-put to top the tax policy blunders they've already made this year.
20) As countries have breached that limit, they have been more hard-put to secure credit.