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hard put

adjective

Definition of hard put

  1. :  barely able :  faced with difficulty or perplexity <was hard put to find an explanation>



Examples of hard put

  1. <she was hard put to explain her department's excessive expenditures>



1893

First Known Use of hard put

1893


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