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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.  
  (mainly BRIT)      n-uncount  
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hard

  

      adj  
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  
      adv  
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  
  
Antonyms     
,       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  
      adv  
9 & 10    lazily, lightly, loosely, softly, weakly  
11    easily, gently, softly  
12    calmly, mildly, serenely  


die-hard  
1   
      n   fanatic, intransigent, old fogey, reactionary, stick-in-the-mud     (informal)   ultraconservative, zealot  
2   
      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  
  
Antonyms     
   benign, compassionate, gentle, humane, idealistic, merciful, mild, romantic, sympathetic  
hard-core  
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  
hard-headed     
astute, cool, hard-boiled     (informal)   level-headed, practical, pragmatic, realistic, sensible, shrewd, tough, unsentimental  
  
Antonyms     
   idealistic, impractical, sentimental, unrealistic  
hard-hitting     
critical, no holds barred, pulling no punches, strongly worded, tough, uncompromising, unsparing, vigorous  
hard-nosed     
businesslike, down-to-earth, hard-headed, hardline, practical, pragmatic, realistic, shrewd, tough, uncompromising, unsentimental  
hard-pressed     
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)  
  
Antonyms     
   affluent, comfortable     (informal)   fortunate, loaded     (slang)   rich, wealthy, well-heeled     (informal)   well-off  
hard-wearing     
durable, resilient, rugged, stout, strong, tough, well-made  
hard-working     
assiduous, busy, conscientious, diligent, energetic, indefatigable, industrious, sedulous, zealous  
  
Antonyms     
   careless, dilatory, good-for-nothing, inconstant, indifferent, lazy  

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n.
grunt work is hard, uninteresting work
US informal
n.
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.
n.
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.
n.
the most important or central part of something
[US] The core of the book focuses on the period between 1660 and 1857.
n.
Love bite. A bruise raised on the body of a sexual partner by very hard kissing / biting / sucking.
[Fam.] spelled also hickey
adj.
annoying, arduous, bothersome, burdensome, demanding, difficult, harassing, hard, importunate, inconvenient, irksome, irritating, laborious, oppressive, pestilential, plaguy

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