hard put

adjective

Definition of hard put 

: barely able : faced with difficulty or perplexity was hard put to find an explanation

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Examples of hard put in a Sentence

she was hard put to explain her department's excessive expenditures

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People crowded into slums, shantytowns and favelas from where they were hard put to reach jobs. The Economist, "Shining light on Latin America’s homicide epidemic," 5 Apr. 2018 Old-fashioned undertakers are hard put to find their place in such antics. The Economist, "Why undertakers are worried," 12 Apr. 2018 Having enacted so many new gun laws last year, state legislators were hard put to find new restrictions to pass this year. Dan Walters, San Francisco Chronicle, "California’s new gun law is a puzzler," 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of hard put

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hard put was in 1893

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