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to work twelve-hour shifts #1 (permalink) Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:52 am   to work twelve-hour shifts
 

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ESL/EFL Test #189 "Idioms with the word 'hard'", question 9

Employees at the garment factory were forced to work twelve-hour shifts, as they were ......... for time to complete the order.

(a) hard bitten
(b) hard headed
(c) hard hearted
(d) hard pressed

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #189 "Idioms with the word 'hard'", answer 9

Employees at the garment factory were forced to work twelve-hour shifts, as they were hard pressed for time to complete the order.

Correct answer: (d) hard pressed

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to work twelve-hour shifts #2 (permalink) Fri Nov 11, 2011 13:41 pm   to work twelve-hour shifts
 

work for a period of 12 hours at a time.

didn't have much time
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