One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the hard-pressed French infantry’
under attack, closely pursued, hotly pursued, harried, hounded
2‘organizations that are hard-pressed financially’
in difficulties, under pressure, under stress, troubled, beleaguered, harassed, with one's back to the wall, with one's back up against the wall, in a tight corner, in a tight spot, between a rock and a hard place
busy, overburdened, overworked, overloaded, overtaxed, rushed off one's feet, time-poor
North American at the end of one's rope
informal pushed, up against it
British informal under the cosh
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