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  • a  not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure
    why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?
  • a  dispassionate;
    took a hard look
    a hard bargainer
  • a  resisting weight or pressure
  • s  very strong or vigorous
    a hard left to the chin
  • s  characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort
    hard labor
  • a  produced without vibration of the vocal cords
  • a  (of light) transmitted directly from a pointed light source
  • a  (of speech sounds); produced with the back of the tongue raised toward or touching the velum
    Russian distinguished between hard consonants and palatalized or soft consonants
  • s  given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors
    a hard drinker
  • s  being distilled rather than fermented; having a high alcoholic content
    hard liquor
  • s  unfortunate or hard to bear
    had hard luck
  • s  dried out
    hard dry rolls left over from the day before
  • r  with effort or force or vigor
    the team played hard
    worked hard all day
    pressed hard on the lever
    hit the ball hard
    slammed the door hard
  • r  with firmness
    held hard to the railing
  • r  earnestly or intently
    thought hard about it
    stared hard at the accused
  • r  causing great damage or hardship
    industries hit hard by the depression
  • r  slowly and with difficulty
    prejudices die hard
  • r  indulging excessively
  • r  into a solid condition
    concrete that sets hard within a few hours
  • r  very near or close in space or time
    it stands hard by the railroad tracks
    they were hard on his heels
    a strike followed hard upon the plant's opening
  • r  with pain or distress or bitterness
    he took the rejection very hard
  • r  to the full extent possible; all the way
    hard alee
    the ship went hard astern
    swung the wheel hard left

  • When you're eight months pregnant, it's hard to find a good interview suit.
  • Analysis: New growth figures raise fears of inflation, but the consensus remains that China can avoid a hard landing.
  • Even in the case of thrift and hard work, how much credit do you deserve for inheriting those fine values? How is it different from inheriting good genes?.
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