: hard put
also : being under financial strain

Example Sentences

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Word History

First Known Use

1707, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hard-pressed was in 1707

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“Hard-pressed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard-pressed. Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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