hardscrabble hardscrabble  /ˈhɑrd ˌskræ bəl/


  • (adj) barely satisfying a lower standard


  1. Things are worse in hardscrabble Zacatecas state, whose population has grown a mere 6% in the 10 years in which that of Mexico has grown 20%.
  2. They're playing cricket, of course, and for these prepubescents hoping to find a way out of hardscrabble lives, there is only one role model.
  3. And my mom's politics were kind of hardscrabble.


  1. Reported road closures for New York

    The steady rains are causing road closures in the Clinton and Franklin counties in New York. And one Vermont road has been closed. Clinton County emergency management lists the following road closures and traffic alerts: Clinton County closures: True Brook Road between Rt 3 and Standish Rd. Bowen Road between Hardscrabble Rd and Rt 3.River Road between Rt 3 and Cold Brook Rd.Cold Brook Rd ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: WPTZ Burlington

  2. Erdogan’s Barber Among Supporters Saying It’s Time to Cool Down

    Ahmet Guler, who says he cut Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s hair for 20 years in the hardscrabble Istanbul neighborhood they both hail from, has some barberly advice for the prime minister: cool off.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Bloomberg

  3. Joe Cardona: Miami’s dwindling middle class

    Amid the glitz and glam that is symbolic of Miami’s image (recently perpetuated by the televised shots of the millionaires’ row that usually occupies the Miami Heat’s lower bowl seats during meaningful games) lies the well-hidden, little publicized, hardscrabble economic reality of most Miamians.
    on June 8, 2013     Source: Miami Herald


  1. "I think the world of politics would have a better reputation if more politicians lived the kind of hardscrabble life that Sen. Byrd endured in his younger days," Rahall said.
    on Jun 21, 2007 By: Nick Rahall Source: Beckley Register-Herald (registration)

  2. "I'm probably going to have a lot more pressure, playing at home," Daly said last month when he announced his plans to play in Fort Smith. "But it's worth it to me. I've played Hardscrabble; I remember playing there a lot of times in...
    on Jun 15, 2010 By: John Daly Source: ArkansasSports360.com

  3. "I can't tell you how hardscrabble, how difficult, how nickel-and-dime my first 15 years in New York were," Ms. Taylor said. "It was really quite difficult. And people always thought I had money or came from money. But I never had a dime...
    on Oct 4, 2008 By: Holland Taylor Source: New York Times

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