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hard-pressed

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj hard-pressed facing or experiencing financial trouble or difficulty "distressed companies need loans and technical advice","financially hard-pressed Mexican hotels are lowering their prices","we were hard put to meet the mortgage payment","found themselves in a bad way financially"
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Quotations

  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
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    “If another Messiah was born he could hardly do so much good as the printing-press.”

Usage

In literature:

If pressed hard they will almost own that their so-called convictions are prejudices.
"The Eustace Diamonds" by Anthony Trollope
I simply tell you this, so you won't press me too hard.
"Keith of the Border" by Randall Parrish
Left alone, the child breathed long and hard, pressing her hands to her bosom, and sank wearily on the foot of the bed.
"What Will He Do With It, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Mr. Vigors was loth to press hard on his old friend's widow and child.
"A Strange Story, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The street outside, in its general aspect, suggested the same small, hard-pressed professional life.
"The History of David Grieve" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Hardly had Duff pressed the bell button before there came a tap at the door.
"The Young Engineers in Arizona" by H. Irving Hancock
Even when hard pressed, he never missed a chance of attacking.
"Barlasch of the Guard" by H. S. Merriman
And they pressed so hard upon him that he was constrained to rest himself upon the towers of Our Lady's Church.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book I." by Francois Rabelais
Why had the last months pressed so strangely hard on me?
"Hunger" by Knut Hamsun
At last, hard pressed, I begged them to leave the matter, if it were only for a day.
"The Last Galley" by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Canadians and Indians were pressing round the British flanks, under cover of the bushes, and firing hard.
"The Winning of Canada: A Chronicle of Wolf" by William Wood
How many are acquainted with the fact that in hard winters, when pressed for food, crows do this likewise?
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 385, May 19, 1883" by Various
To relieve this hard-pressed post now became the duty of the garrison of Malakand.
"The Story of the Malakand Field Force" by Sir Winston S. Churchill
Put the lobster into small potting-cans, pressing it down very hard.
"Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches" by Eliza Leslie
The new lines of criticism are not familiar to him, and they really press him hard.
"A Writer's Recollections (In Two Volumes), Volume II" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
But the tide set the vessel bodily towards the rock, and her condition did not admit of pressing hard upon a bowline.
"Homeward Bound" by James Fenimore Cooper
Did you never have some dull, incessant ache that seemed to pain less when you pressed hard on it?
"The Cavalier" by George Washington Cable
He had the animal courage of vermin hard pressed.
"The Avenger" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
At another time, Boone, when hardly pressed by a party of the Flat-head Indians, fell into a crevice and broke the butt of his rifle.
"Monsieur Violet" by Frederick Marryat
Press it down hard and pour melted butter over the top.
"The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887)" by Mrs. F.L. Gillette
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In poetry:

Ye creeping Zephyrs, hist you, pray,
Nor press so hard yon wither'd leaves;
For Julia sleeps beneath this clay—
Nay, feel it, how her bosom heaves!
"The Mad Lover" by Washington Allston
Gracious was he to both beggar and stranger,
And for a rose tossed from fair finger-tips
He would have ridden hard-pressed through all danger,
The rose on his heart and a song on his lips!
"The Knight-Errant" by Virna Sheard
Men who against their souls' grim foes
Wage an unyielding fight;
Men of new creeds, and men of old,
Men of dark hue, and white,
Each pressing hard towards some far gleam
Of Thy celestial light.
"Saints" by Virna Sheard
Sore pressed by grief, and wrongs more hard to bear,
And dwarfed and stifled by a harsh control,
She kept life fragrant with good deeds and prayer,
And fresh and pure the white flower of her soul.
"The Two Elizabeths" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Fret not, dear soul, whene'r the proud,
The haughty proud, would press you hard.
Have they so far subdued the shroud,
That clay can now assume the God?
Whate'er its form, or hue, or clan,
Clay's not the measure of the man.
"Lines To Caste" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
Grim and silent stood the captains; and when again he cried,
"Speak out my worthy seamen!" no voice, no sign replied;
But I felt a hard hand press my own, and kind words met my ear,¯
"God bless thee, and preserve thee, my gentle girl and dear!"
"Cassandra Southwick" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Over the past year, you'd be hard-pressed to find a hotter market for US beef than Chile, where exports have quadrupled in value and increased even more in volume.
Pat Wellenbach/Associated Press The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is considering hard catch limits for Gulf of Maine shrimp.
Will be hard-pressed to fund pensions, education in coming years.
If liberals want real reform, they need to press hard -- now.
Rural hard-liners could be pressed to either vote their ideology, for freeing the public ed market, or vote with their district where vouchers won't help.
I think you'd be hard-pressed to spend 13 minutes better than this.
The Indianapolis-based drugmaker announced details of the expansion Thursday morning at a press conference on the site of the new plant on South Harding Street.
But I'd be hard-pressed to find someone who didn't love avocados.
Up until recently, those living on Pine Island without the luxury of home laundry facilities were hard pressed to find a place to take their wash.
"I think you would be hard-pressed to find someone to say that we pay our governor $70,000, and we ought to pay a clerk of the House, who's really a part-time Legislature, $115,000," Fredette says.
PEABODY — A Peabody firefighter who reached out to help his hard-pressed New York City counterparts was moved to discover that they had previously reached out to the Leather City.
Scientists have been hard-pressed to explain why menopause happens so early in humans - there's no obvious evolutionary advantage to having your reproductive system shut down decades before the rest of your body.
Hard-pressed: Reporters find increasing number of roadblocks to legislative access during 50th.
FAIRBANKS — In parts of the US, a person would be hard pressed to find a grocery store, said Ellen Lopez, a researcher at the Center for Alaska Native Health Research.
Even the most dedicated Scrooge will be hard pressed not to enjoy the many festivities of the "Olde Village Holiday" event planned from 5 to 8:30 pm Dec 7 in Pickerington.
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In science:

Levin, A hard-core predicate for all one-way functions, in: Proceedings of the Twenty-first Annual ACM Sympos ium on Theory of Computing, ACM Press, 25 –32, 1989.
On Learning Thresholds of Parities and Unions of Rectangles in Random Walk Models
We use the Bader-Deuflhard semi-implicit numerical integration scheme (see Section 16.6 in Press et al. 1992) to solve the above rate equations.
The effect of forbidden transitions on cosmological hydrogen and helium recombination
Ubertini. ”Hard X-ray/soft gamma-ray polarimetry using a Laue lens”, in ”X-ray Polarimetry: A New Window in Astrophysics” Cambridge university press edition, p. 88 (2010). 3. F.
Developing a second generation Laue lens prototype: high reflectivity crystals and accurate assembly
S Dor, one would be hard-pressed not to consider this an LBV.
A Search for Wolf-Rayet Stars in the Small Magellanic Cloud
The participants were hard pressed to think of solid observational evidence for significant external accretion.
The Outer Edges of Dwarf Irregular Galaxies: Stars and Gas
More sophisticated work can cure some of these problems but the fact remains that the BFKL Pomeron does not describe total cross-sections and indeed is hard pressed to explain perturbative results as well. A “road map” of the strong interactions shown in Fig. 1 is useful at this stage.
The Color Glass Condensate: A summary of key ideas and recent developments
Mandelbrot B.B., The Fractal Geometry of Nature 1983; Freeman, San Francisco. Badii B., Politi A., Complexity, Hierarchical structures and scaling in physics 1997; Cambrige University Press, UK. Collins J.J., Richmond S.A., Hard-wired Central Pattern Generators for Quadrupedal Locomotion, Biol.
A Multifractal Dynamical Model of Human Gait
One would be hard pressed to see any evidence for binary motion from these R0−R4 star data.
The R Stars: Carbon Stars of a Different Kind
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Mould, J., Huchra, J.P., Bresolin, F., Ferrarese, L., Ford, H.C., Freedman, W.L., Graham, J., Harding, P., Hill, R., et al. (1995), Astrophys. J., 449, pp. 413–421 Newman, J., Zepf, S., Freedman W.L., Madore, B.F., Davis, M. & Phelps, R. (1998) Astrophys. J., in preparation.
The Hubble Space Telescope Key Project to Measure the Hubble Constant
However, in the light of recent results from the LHC, the MSSM is becoming increasingly hard-pressed to serve as a complete description of physics beyond the standard model, because of the need to fine-tune its parameter space.
Neutralino-hadron scattering in the NMSSM
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