hard put

adjective

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

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

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First Known Use of hard put

1893

in the meaning defined above

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hard put Synonyms

Near Antonyms

undaunted, unfazed;

composed, untroubled;

Phrases

at a loss, put to it;



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