hard put


Definition of hard put

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

Examples of hard put in a Sentence

she was hard put to explain her department's excessive expenditures
Recent Examples on the Web But this is a tale of two women, and you’d be hard put to nominate one of them as the obvious heroine, or to say who is sweating under the greater stress. The New Yorker, 25 Feb. 2022 One is hard put, though, to find anyone singling out Lincoln as a racist fiend either before his murder or for decades thereafter. Sean Wilentz, The New York Review of Books, 13 Apr. 2021 Without trade and movement between Iran and Iraq, however, Tehran will be hard put to get some of its non-oil industries fully functional again. Falih Hassan, New York Times, 21 Apr. 2020 Almost choked by automobiles that are usually left home in garages by would-be riders, the lots were hard put to find room for the vehicles of later-arriving shoppers . Scott Harrison, latimes.com, 19 June 2019 People crowded into slums, shantytowns and favelas from where they were hard put to reach jobs. The Economist, 5 Apr. 2018 Old-fashioned undertakers are hard put to find their place in such antics. The Economist, 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, 19 Oct. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of hard put

1893, in the meaning defined above

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“Hard put.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard%20put. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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