Definition of hard case in English:

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hard case

noun

informal
1A 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.
2Australian /NZ An amusing or eccentric person.
Example sentences
  • He was a twin to Hank, an equally hard case Good Bastard who some of you would have read about in the Good Bastards book.
  • Wanganui is that perfect balance of being hard case but not downright Carterton-level mongrel.
  • ‘They're hard case some of these employers,’ Ferguson said.

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