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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR UNDER PRESSURE

Under pressure my body reacts, preparing me to fight or flee.

Every pressing of books should leave them under pressure at least eight hours.

Napoleon, under pressure from his whole army, did the same thing.

And Mrs. Clyde, under pressure of the argument and the moment, capitulated.

Which he certainly will do, both of his own accord and under pressure from you.

Under pressure, he admitted that he was about to fight a duel for which he had no stomach.

Under pressure the farmers will develop the ability to cooperate.

Under pressure the Jew takes to the pack as the Italian to the pick.

Under pressure from abroad and at home, it appealed for peace.

It is then compressed, cooled while under pressure, and then expanded.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "suffering, anguish; act or fact of pressing on the mind or heart," from Old French presseure "oppression; torture; anguish; press" (for wine or cheeses), "instrument of torture" (12c.) and directly from Latin pressura "action of pressing," from pressus, past participle of premere "to press" (see press (v.1)).

Literal meaning "act or fact of pressing" in a physical sense is attested from early 15c. Meaning "moral or mental coercing force" is from 1620s; meaning "urgency" is from 1812. Scientific sense in physics is from 1650s. Pressure cooker is attested from 1915; figurative sense is from 1958. Pressure point is attested from 1876. Pressure-treated, of woods, is from 1911.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR UNDER PRESSURE

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adverbunder time pressure
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