Adjective "hardpressed" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Closely pursued.
  1. 'Three 56-minute games in two days proved a tough timetable for both sides, with Teddington, who have lost 14 players since last season, particularly hard-pressed.'
  2. 'His clearances kept his side out of danger when required, whereas David Adamson of Stirling County did not find touch frequently enough, and when he did, it was seldom deep enough to give his hard-pressed pack welcome breathing space.'
Burdened with urgent business.
  1. 'The wider the debates the more they are likely to harass, confuse and distract hard-pressed District Court judges and magistrates in particular.'
  2. 'Yet, it was clearly established that even a modest weight reduction and improved weight control could bring health benefits, and relieve the burden on hard-pressed health systems.'
  3. 'Ishihara rails against everything from the reduction of the time hard-pressed Japanese kids have to spend in school to the country's non-nuclear peace constitution.'
  4. 'Doncaster GP Andrew Marshall, who has led a national campaign to get a new contract, said it could offer ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ for hard-pressed doctors struggling with staff shortages.'
  5. 'Result: hard-pressed people, feeling the energy of the Net as they eyeball the screen, feeling more tension, will tend to stiffen their shoulders and stick with the sites that deliver.'
  6. 'An asylum-seeking surgeon, who escaped the brutality of Iraq for a new life in England, has been refused permission to stay in the UK - despite wanting to help the hard-pressed NHS.'
  7. 'The hard-pressed Minstead team, bolstered by full-time officers from the Yard's murder squad, was in danger of becoming bogged down in the laborious task of weeding out suspects on the fringe of the investigation.'
  8. 'In particular it illustrates how wide the gap is between the sonorous resolutions of the Security Council and the situations that hard-pressed humanitarian workers and others often have to deal with in the field.'
  9. 'Permissive parenting has been blamed, rightly so I suppose, but as a parent with two that age or over and another nearly there I have a glass house and cannot afford to throw any stones at other hard-pressed parents.'
  10. with infinitive 'the staff were hard-pressed to give even basic care'
  11. 'Earlier this year, the U.S. imposed up to 30% in safeguard tariffs for three years to protect the U.S. steel industry hard-pressed by less expensive imports.'
  12. 'If rural communities are indeed to do that, it will be good news for Scotland's most hard-pressed areas, well worth the difficulty of prising rolling acres of hill and moor away from the landowners.'
  13. 'When the two had been introduced, Miss Davenport concealed a sneer with difficulty, Clarissa could see, and the governess was hard-pressed to stop her cheeks from flushing.'
  14. 'Sorrell's previous forecast was for an upturn in 2004 as the US Presidential election and the Athens Olympics provide a welcome boost to demand for the hard-pressed advertising and media industry.'
  15. 'Verheugen will, to be sure, have to show that he can resist his country's tendency to bolster its own hard-pressed industry through corporate deals at the European level; but he seems inclined to at least have a fight.'
  16. 'The baseballers will be praying for a miracle against defending champions Cuba and the women's hockey team will be hard-pressed to overcome the tough Germans in their Games opener.'
  17. 'In the end, the $7 trillion fund industry, with all its legendary clout, will be hard-pressed to blunt reforms.'
  18. 'The industry is very hard-pressed after experiencing several very difficult years,’ he said.'
  19. 'One of the common complaints of patients at hard-pressed GP practices is the difficulty in getting an appointment, particularly at short notice.'
  20. 'New companies - the ‘infidels’ - can make the kinds of offers that any industry leader would be hard-pressed to match.'


1. heavily burdened or oppressed, as by overwork or financial difficulties; harried; put-upon.

More examples(as adjective)

"consumers can be hardpressed."

"people/places/organizations can be hardpressed."

"people can be hardpressed."

"parties can be hardpressed."

"companies can be hardpressed."

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