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  • n  crust or layer of hard subsoil encrusted with calcium-carbonate occurring in arid or semiarid regions

  • The car stopped on a deserted stretch of flat hardpan, screened by a few cacti and greasewood shrubs, and its five occupants got out: four young Negroes and a short, once-paunchy .
  • In person, he is a small, unprepossessing, pigeon-toed man with golden pince-nez and the hardpan face of a gravedigger.
  • Most of the fringe rice farmers have stopped trying to scratch a living out of the hardpan topsoil in the Texas Gulf Coast area.

  • John Daly in ESPN
    I thought I was in softer grass,said Daly, who faced a 128-yard shot from the rough. "It turned out to be hardpan and the club bounced."

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