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hard core

Hard core consists of pieces of broken stone that are used as a base on which to build roads.  
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Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



1    compact, dense, firm, impenetrable, inflexible, rigid, rock-like, solid, stiff, stony, strong, tough, unyielding  
2    arduous, backbreaking, burdensome, exacting, exhausting, fatiguing, formidable, Herculean, laborious, rigorous, strenuous, toilsome, tough, uphill, wearying  
3    baffling, complex, complicated, difficult, intricate, involved, knotty, perplexing, puzzling, tangled, thorny, unfathomable  
4    affectless, callous, cold, cruel, exacting, grim, hardhearted, harsh, implacable, obdurate, pitiless, ruthless, severe, stern, strict, stubborn, unfeeling, unjust, unkind, unrelenting, unsparing, unsympathetic  
5    calamitous, dark, disagreeable, disastrous, distressing, grievous, grim, intolerable, painful, unpleasant  
6    driving, fierce, forceful, heavy, powerful, strong, violent  
7      (of feelings or words)   acrimonious, angry, antagonistic, bitter, hostile, rancorous, resentful  
8      (of truth or facts)   actual, bare, cold, definite, indisputable, plain, undeniable, unvarnished, verified  
9    energetically, fiercely, forcefully, forcibly, heavily, intensely, powerfully, severely, sharply, strongly, vigorously, violently, with all one's might, with might and main  
10    assiduously, determinedly, diligently, doggedly, earnestly, industriously, intently, persistently, steadily, strenuously, untiringly  
11    agonizingly, badly, distressingly, harshly, laboriously, painfully, roughly, severely, with difficulty  
12    bitterly, hardly, keenly, rancorously, reluctantly, resentfully, slowly, sorely  
,       adj  
1    flexible, malleable, pliable, soft, weak  
   easy, easy-peasy     (slang)   lazy, light, soft  
3    clear, direct, easy, easy-peasy     (slang)   simple, straightforward, uncomplicated  
4    agreeable, amiable, careless, flexible, friendly, gentle, good, humane, kind, lenient, merciful, mild, permissive, pleasant  
9 & 10    lazily, lightly, loosely, softly, weakly  
11    easily, gently, softly  
12    calmly, mildly, serenely  

      n   fanatic, intransigent, old fogey, reactionary, stick-in-the-mud     (informal)   ultraconservative, zealot  
      adj   dyed-in-the-wool, immovable, inflexible, intransigent, reactionary, ultraconservative, uncompromising, unreconstructed     (chiefly U.S.)  
hard and fast     
binding, immutable, incontrovertible, inflexible, invariable, rigid, set, strict, stringent, unalterable  
hard-bitten      , hard-boiled  
case-hardened, cynical, down-to-earth, hard-headed, hard-nosed     (informal)   matter-of-fact, practical, realistic, shrewd, tough, unsentimental  
   benign, compassionate, gentle, humane, idealistic, merciful, mild, romantic, sympathetic  
1    dedicated, die-hard, dyed-in-the-wool, extreme, intransigent, obstinate, rigid, staunch, steadfast  
2    explicit, obscene, X-rated     (informal)  
hard-favoured      , hard-featured  
austere, coarse-featured, forbidding, grim visaged, ill-favoured, severe, ugly  
astute, cool, hard-boiled     (informal)   level-headed, practical, pragmatic, realistic, sensible, shrewd, tough, unsentimental  
   idealistic, impractical, sentimental, unrealistic  
critical, no holds barred, pulling no punches, strongly worded, tough, uncompromising, unsparing, vigorous  
businesslike, down-to-earth, hard-headed, hardline, practical, pragmatic, realistic, shrewd, tough, uncompromising, unsentimental  
harried, hotly pursued, in difficulties, pushed     (informal)   under attack, under pressure, up against it     (informal)   with one's back to the wall  
hard up     
bankrupt, broke     (informal)   bust     (informal)   cleaned out     (slang)   dirt-poor     (informal)   down and out, flat broke     (informal)   impecunious, impoverished, in queer street, in the red     (informal)   on one's uppers     (informal)   on the breadline, out of pocket, penniless, poor, short, short of cash or funds, skint     (Brit. slang)   strapped for cash     (informal)   without two pennies to rub together     (informal)  
   affluent, comfortable     (informal)   fortunate, loaded     (slang)   rich, wealthy, well-heeled     (informal)   well-off  
durable, resilient, rugged, stout, strong, tough, well-made  
assiduous, busy, conscientious, diligent, energetic, indefatigable, industrious, sedulous, zealous  
   careless, dilatory, good-for-nothing, inconstant, indifferent, lazy  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
the most important or central part of something
[US] The core of the book focuses on the period between 1660 and 1857.
grunt work is hard, uninteresting work
US informal
Love bite. A bruise raised on the body of a sexual partner by very hard kissing / biting / sucking.
[Fam.] spelled also hickey
annoying, arduous, bothersome, burdensome, demanding, difficult, harassing, hard, importunate, inconvenient, irksome, irritating, laborious, oppressive, pestilential, plaguy
A moulding commonly used in framing oil paintings. The liner is fixed inside the frame and appears between the image and the outer frame. Generally made out of wood or some other hard material, the liner may have fabric glued down to it. Liners are to canvases what a mat/mount is to a print on paper
[Artwork framing] Polystyrene or wood liner. Fabric-covered liner. Linen liner. Gold liner.
1. [Rel.] expression used to describe metaphorically a period of ignorance and spiritual crisis that precedes the communion with Divinity ; 2. in a larger meaning, it is used when refering to having a hard time, going through a phase of pessimism, sadness, failure etc.
c'est difficile
belle chère et coeur arrière
à dur âne, dur aiguillon
accoutumance est loi bien dure
à pain dur, dent aiguë
à forte faim, il n'y a pas de pain dur
celui qui ignore que son lit est dur dort bien
avec de douces paroles on parvient à traire le cerf et avec des dures, on ne réussit même pas à traire la vache
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