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Under the gun

DEFINITION

Must adhere to a strict deadline. Pressured to finish a project soon. ‘Gun’ indicates a deadline or a demanded result, like a sports competition gun to end a race, and you are under or behind in achieving it. (Compare to Frazzled.)

“The boss has me under the gun to finish the report before midnight.”

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