under pressure


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

Examples of under pressure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Read More Netanyahu's Concerns: Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, under pressure from all sides, is trying to reassure his many domestic, military and diplomatic critics. Reid J. Epstein, New York Times, 10 May 2024 Pub chains are trying to increase tips or related fees to help attract staff at a time when their own profits are under pressure from wage and food-cost inflation. Anthony Palazzo, Fortune Europe, 10 May 2024 It has been reported that Iranian authorities put the director under pressure to withdraw Seed of the Sacred Fig Tree from Cannes entirely. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 May 2024 Greene has also been under pressure from former President Trump. Eric McDaniel, NPR, 8 May 2024 This Earth sign is known for being ambitious and committed to its long-term goals, much like Driver’s ability to remain composed under pressure. Valerie Mesa, Peoplemag, 3 May 2024 In the model, populations of prokaryotes and eukaryotes were under pressure to develop into multicellular organisms of different sizes and accumulate a larger genome. Quanta Magazine, 2 May 2024 Natural gas prices in West Texas under pressure from a glut in supply sank even further into negative territory after a segment of a pipeline system was shut following a fire, threatening to trap gas in the region. Elizabeth Elkin, Fortune, 27 Apr. 2024 Last summer, under pressure from the International Commission on Stratigraphy to finish its work, the A.W.G. announced its proposal for a golden spike. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 20 Apr. 2024

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“Under pressure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/under%20pressure. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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