Definition of hardscrabble in English:


Syllabification: hard·scrab·ble
Pronunciation: /ˈhärdˌskrab(ə)l


North American
Involving hard work and struggle: her uncle’s hardscrabble peanut farm it was a hardscrabble life in a one-bedroom housing project
More example sentences
  • I yearn for those days with the same desperate yearning I felt then: to balloon away in the wind, away from the hardscrabble farm, with only Dawn in the basket with me, and me, in her eyes, transformed, beautified.
  • But it's a triumphant story for the foot soldiers, the women who had dead-end lives, working in factories or on hardscrabble farms.
  • Prior to the development of the industry, Stony Creek had been a village of hardscrabble subsistence farms and a small, local fish and shellfish industry.

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