I know what it means, but would be hard put to define it.
Hard-put Sentence Examples
When hard put to it for food, coyotes will, it is reported, eat hips, juniper-berries and other wild fruits.
The fact was that Saint-Mars was hard put to it in the prison for anybody who could be trusted, and that he had convinced himself by this time that Dauger (who had proved a quiet harmless fellow) would give no trouble.
In either case, I scarcely need say, she would be hard put to raise any principled objection to Stalin or Hitler.
An honest wife will be hard put to it, to live many years without her husband.
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