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hard US English

Solid, firm, and resistant to pressure; not easily broken, bent, or pierced

a tough act to follow US English

An achievement or performance that sets a standard regarded as being difficult for others to measure up to

a tough nut US English

Someone who is difficult to deal with; a formidable person

a tough nut to crack US English

A difficult problem or an opponent hard to beat

hard on in hard US English

Close to; following soon after

hard up in hard US English

Short of money

hard by US English

Close to

hard on US English

Close to; following soon after

hard up US English

Short of money

hard-on US English

An erection of the penis

die hard in die1 US English

Disappear or change very slowly

die hard US English

Disappear or change very slowly

hard hit in hard US English

Badly affected

hard hit US English

Badly affected

hard case US English

A tough or intractable person

hard cash US English

Negotiable coins and paper money as opposed to other forms of payment

hard clam US English

another term for quahog.

hard coal US English

another term for anthracite.

hard-code US English

Fix (data or parameters) in a program in such a way that they cannot be altered without modifying the program

hard copy US English

A printed version on paper of data held in a computer

hard core US English

The most active, committed, or doctrinaire members of a group or movement

hard disk US English

A rigid nonremovable magnetic disk with a large data storage capacity

hard-edge US English

Of or relating to a style of abstract painting characterized by geometric shapes with sharply defined edges and often in bright colors

hard fern US English

A European fern of heathy places, with long, narrow, leathery fronds consisting of a row of thin lobes on each side of the stem

hard hat US English

A rigid protective helmet, as worn by factory and building workers

hard line US English

An uncompromising adherence to a firm policy

hard nut US English

A tough, aggressive, or insensitive person

hard pad US English

Hardening of the pads of the feet, a symptom of distemper in dogs and other animals

hard rock US English

Highly amplified rock music with a heavy beat

hard sell US English

A policy or technique of aggressive salesmanship or advertising

hard work US English

A great deal of effort or endurance

rock-hard US English

Extremely hard or solid

hard cheese in cheese1 US English

Used to express sympathy over a petty matter

hard cheese US English

Used to express sympathy over a petty matter

hard going in hard US English

Difficult to understand or enjoy

hard going US English

Difficult to understand or enjoy

hard-bitten US English

Tough and cynical

hard-boiled US English

(Of an egg) boiled until the white and the yolk are solid

hard-cooked US English

another term for hard-boiled111.

hard court US English

A tennis court surfaced with asphalt or another hard material

hard drive US English

A high-capacity, self-contained storage device containing a read-write mechanism plus one or more hard disks, inside a sealed unit. Also called hard disk drive

hard-earned US English

Having taken a great deal of effort to earn or acquire

hard-edged US English

Having sharply defined edges

hard error US English

An error or hardware fault causing failure of a program or operating system, especially one that gives no option of recovery

hard-fought US English

Won, achieved, or contested with vigorous effort

hard labor US English

Heavy manual work as a punishment

hard launch US English

The general release of a new product or service to the public

hard-liner US English

A member of a group, typically a political group, who adheres uncompromisingly to a set of ideas or policies

hard-nosed US English

Realistic and determined; tough-minded


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