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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PRESSING

A matter of most pressing importance is the revision of the tariff.

A hundred doubts and fears were pressing upon him, and—the second bell rang.

After pressing it upon him, he at length took a portion of it.

The problem of days' journeys was not pressing at this moment.

The pressing of this ball actuates a detonator inside the flask I carry in my pocket.

It is operated by pressing the keys of the machine and the spirits of the audience.

Then strain it through a sieve, mashing and pressing out all the juice.

Uncertain what to do he did nothing, pressing his back against the earth and listening.

But by this time Duncan was pressing the bill into his hand.

He stuffed his pipe carefully, pressing down the tobacco with the tip of a finger.

WORD ORIGIN

"exerting pressure," mid-14c., present participle adjective from press (v.1). Sense of "urgent, compelling, forceful" is from 1705. Related: Pressingly.

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