Definition of hard case in English:

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hard case

Pronunciation: /ˈhärd ˌkās/

noun

informal
A tough or intractable person.
Example sentences
  • ‘I have seen tapes of Jimenez and he looks a real tough, hard case,’ Calzaghe said.
  • In any event, it is a non-residential course, and it will not take young people who behave ‘inappropriately’, or use drugs or alcohol - precisely the hard cases that Airborne is willing to tackle.
  • We are dealing with what you would call the hard cases - people with special difficulties.

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