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Source: The Legal Analyst, Ward Farnsworth

p 178: The result is a kind of slippery slope.
[An indent ought to be here.] A different sort of slope, but related enough to consider here, occurs when distinctions [between the first case and the later, scarier one] could be drawn, both in principle and in practice, but they are too weak to withstand the press of the policy preferences held by whoever is making the later decisions.

p 241: Meanwhile employees who get fired may want to believe they have good claims, since that provides a reason for their misfortunes unconnected with the quality of their work. The decision in the case usually will depend on the employer’s motives, and there often is no way to settle this objectively—no “smoking gun” document where the motives are spelled out. It is a question of whose protests to believe, how to interpret evaluations of the plaintiff’s work, and what inferences to draw from remarks the defendant may have made. The strength of these signals is liable to be too weak to withstand the press of wishful thinking by either party.

Would someone please identify the matching definition? I tried to guess but to no avail.

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In the context of "too weak to withstand the press of" the word press means a consistent application of pressure or force in a particular direction. For example, "The audience surged forward to try to get closer to the stage and the barricades could not withstand the press of the crowd."

A related phrase is "full-court press" which is a more aggressive form of the same concept. For example, "The supporters of the policy launched a full-court press in the media to attempt to change public opinion."

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