under pressure

Definition of under pressure

  1. 1 :  tightly pressed into a container The contents of the bottle are under pressure.

  2. 2 :  in a state of stress or anxiety because of having too much to do They both work well under pressure.

  3. 3 :  being made to feel forced to do something (as by arguments, threats, etc.) The mayor is under pressure to resign.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  in or into a position below or beneath something

    :  below or short of some quantity, level, or limit

    :  in or into a condition of subjection, subordination, or unconsciousness

  1. :  below or beneath so as to be overhung, surmounted, covered, protected, or concealed by

    :  subject to the authority, control, guidance, or instruction of

    :  receiving or undergoing the action or effect of

  1. :  lower in rank or authority :  subordinate

  1. :  the burden of physical or mental distress

    :  the constraint of circumstance :  the weight of social or economic imposition

    :  the application of force to something by something else in direct contact with it :  compression

  1. :  to apply pressure to

    :  pressurize

    :  to cook in a pressure cooker

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a brief usually trivial fact

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