under pressure

idiom

Definition of under pressure

1 : tightly pressed into a container The contents of the bottle are under pressure.
2 : in a state of stress or anxiety because of having too much to do They both work well under pressure.
3 : being made to feel forced to do something (as by arguments, threats, etc.) The mayor is under pressure to resign.

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“Under pressure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/under%20pressure. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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