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In a difficult situation

pressed

adjective

in a difficult situation because you do not have enough time, money, or other things that you need

oppressed

adjective

suffering from unfair and cruel treatment by a more powerful person or government

deadlocked

adjective

if a situation is deadlocked, or if people are deadlocked, there is a serious disagreement and neither person or group involved in it is willing to change their opinions or position

stuck

adjective

unable to solve a problem and continue working

beleaguered

adjective

having a lot of problems or criticism to deal with

embroiled

adjective

involved in a difficult situation

worse off

adjective

in a worse situation than you were before, or than someone else is now

out of your depth

in a situation that you cannot deal with because it is too difficult or dangerous

in deep trouble

in a very difficult situation

up against something

in a very difficult situation, or with a serious problem to deal with

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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boots on the ground

a situation in which a country's armed forces are physically present in an area of conflict …

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