If you aren't sure you can afford a $100 ticket to a concert, this is an example of when you are hard-pressed to come up with the money to go to the concert.
(comparative more hardpressed, superlative most hardpressed)
(comparative more hard-pressed, superlative most hard-pressed)
- (idiomatic, usually with to-infinitive) Barely able. Having difficulty doing something.
- Although they are still available, I think we would be hard-pressed to find one on short notice.
- (idiomatic) Experiencing financial difficulty or difficulty in surviving.
- The earthquake left the residents hard-pressed.
- Since the COBRA subsidy is given to employees who lose their jobs due to lack of work, some employers would be hard-pressed to deal with the cash flow issues this situation can create.
- You might be hard-pressed because most bicycle wholesaler only deal with businesses, but with diligent research, you should be able to find those willing to sell to individuals.
- While audits of personal returns are rare, they are not impossible, and without documentation of your deductions, you'll be hard-pressed to prove that you legally claimed one.
- Oftentimes the cushions that you have are relatively unique among the thousands of couch designs out there, and you'll be hard-pressed to find exactly what you're looking for.
- A bodysuit looks so cool with wide-legged trousers and other businesslike selections, and you'll be hard-pressed to find a style that makes you look any slimmer or sleeker.