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hard /hrd/ adj. 1 firm, solid: The surface of stone is hard and cold. 2 difficult: Poverty is a hard problem to solve. 3 true, unquestionable: The hard fact of the case is that a murder was committed. 4 of s.o. who requires people to work a lot but shows them little kindness: The officer is a hard man on his troops. 5 joyless: She has led a hard life on a small farm. 6 hard and fast: unbreakable: We have a hard and fast rule that no one may smoke in this office. 7 hard as nails: an uncompromising, demanding person: That drill sergeant is as hard as nails. 8 hard luck: bad luck: She had hard luck when she lost her job and then her house burned down.||She told a hard luck story about her situation. 9 hard of hearing: deaf, a hearing loss: The old man is hard of hearing. 10 hard times: when a person or an economy is not doing well: Many people are jobless in these hard times. 11 hard to take: difficult to believe or accept: The news of her death is very hard to take. 12 hard up: to be without money: He lost everything in a flood and is hard up now. 13 hard water: water containing minerals 14 to be hard at it: working: He started fixing the roof this morning and has been hard at it all day. 15 to be hard on: a. to treat harshly or severely: Dont be too hard on him; he didnt know any better. b. to be especially difficult or unpleasant for: The cold weather was hard on the elderly. 16 to do things the hard way: to make things more difficult than they need to be: Why are you retyping your paper instead of just correcting your mistakes? Do you always do things the hard way? 17 to drive a hard bargain: to insist on an agreement that meets ones demands: He always wants lower prices; he drives a hard bargain on everything he buys. 18 to have hard feelings or no hard feelings: anger, bad feelings, (syn.) resentment: If you decide not to buy my product, I will have no hard feelings toward you. 19 to play hard to get: to refuse to respond to flirting or attention: I have asked her for a date often, but she plays hard to get. 20 to take a hard line: to follow rules exactly: Congress wanted to increase spending, but the President took a hard line and said, No. 21 to take a hard look: to examine closely and critically: The top manager took a hard look at the companys budget to see where she could cut costs.
adv. 1 with much effort: She works hard every day. 2 with great force, a large amount: It was snowing hard last night, and now there are 13 inches of snow on the ground. 3 to be hard put: not to know, to be unable to answer: That question is difficult, and I am hard put to give you an answer.
Thesaurus: hard adj. 1 rigid, inflexible, stiff. Ant. soft. 2 complicated, tough, daunting, thorny. Ant. easy. 3 undeniable, irrefutable 4 rough, severe 5 harsh, austere.