from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Experiencing great difficulty or distress: financially hard-pressed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Barely able.
  • adj. Experiencing financial difficulty or difficulty in surviving.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. facing or experiencing trouble or difficulty; ; -- see distressed{1}.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. facing or experiencing financial trouble or difficulty


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