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  ( feelings    plural  )
1       n-count   A feeling is an emotion, such as anger or happiness.  
usu with supp, oft N of n  
It gave me a feeling of satisfaction..., I think our main feeling would be of an immense gratitude..., He was unable to contain his own destructive feelings.     
2       n-plural   Your feelings about something are the things that you think and feel about it, or your attitude towards it.  
with supp, oft with poss, oft N about n/-ing  
She has strong feelings about the alleged growth in violence against female officers..., I think that sums up the feelings of most discerning and intelligent Indians..., He made no real secret of his feelings to his friends.     
3       n-plural   When you refer to someone's feelings, you are talking about the things that might embarrass, offend, or upset them. For example, if you hurt someone's feelings, you upset them by something that you say or do.  
usu poss N  
He was afraid of hurting my feelings..., He has no respect, no regard for anyone's feelings...     
4       n-uncount   Feeling is a way of thinking and reacting to things which is emotional and not planned rather than logical and practical.   (=emotion)  
He was prompted to a rare outburst of feeling., ...a voice that trembles with feeling.     
5       n-uncount   Feeling for someone is love, affection, sympathy, or concern for them.  
oft N for n  
Thomas never lost his feeling for Harriet..., It's incredible that Peter can behave with such stupid lack of feeling.     
6       n-count   If you have a feeling of hunger, tiredness, or other physical sensation, you experience it.  
usu with supp, oft N of n  
I also had a strange feeling in my neck..., He experienced feelings of claustrophobia from being in a small place.     
7       n-uncount   Feeling in part of your body is the ability to experience the sense of touch in this part of the body.  
After the accident he had no feeling in his legs.     
8       n-count   If you have afeelingthat something is the case or that something is going to happen, you think that is probably the case or that it is probably going to happen.  
usu with supp, oft N about n, N that  
I have a feeling that everything will come right for us one day..., You have a feeling about people, and I just felt she was going to be good.     
9       n-uncount   Feeling is used to refer to a general opinion that a group of people has about something.  
with supp, oft N that  
There is still some feeling in the art world that the market for such works may be declining..., It seemed that anti-Fascist feeling was not being encouraged.     
10       n-sing   If you have a feeling of being in a particular situation, you feel that you are in that situation.  
N of -ing  
I had the terrible feeling of being left behind to bring up the baby while he had fun.     
11       n-sing   If you have a feeling for something, you have an understanding of it or a natural ability to do it.  
a N for n  
Try to get a feeling for the people who live here..., You seem to have a feeling for drawing.     
12       n-sing   If something such as a place or book creates a particular kind of feeling, it creates a particular kind of atmosphere.  
with supp  
That's what we tried to portray in the book, this feeling of opulence and grandeur.     
14    Bad feeling or ill feeling is bitterness or anger which exists between people, for example after they have had an argument.  
bad feeling/ill feeling      phrase   oft PHR between n  
There's been some bad feeling between the two families.     
15    Hard feelings are feelings of anger or bitterness towards someone who you have had an argument with or who has upset you. If you say `no hard feelings', you are making an agreement with someone not to be angry or bitter about something.  
hard feelings             phrase  
I don't want any hard feelings between our companies..., He held out his large hand. `No hard feelings, right?'     
16    You say `I know the feeling' to show that you understand or feel sorry about a problem or difficult experience that someone is telling you about.  
I know the feeling      convention  
17    If you have mixed feelings about something or someone, you feel uncertain about them because you can see both good and bad points about them.  
have mixed feelings about sth      phrase   V inflects, usu PHR about n  
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hard     ( harder    comparative)   ( hardest    superlative  )
1       adj   Something that is hard is very firm and stiff to touch and is not easily bent, cut, or broken.,   (Antonym: soft)    He shuffled his feet on the hard wooden floor..., Something cold and hard pressed into the back of his neck.     
  hardness      n-uncount   oft with poss  
He felt the hardness of the iron railing press against his spine.     
2       adj   Something that is hard is very difficult to do or deal with.  
oft it v-link ADJ to-inf, ADJ to-inf   (=difficult)     (Antonym: easy)    It's hard to tell what effect this latest move will have..., Our traveller's behaviour on the journey is hard to explain..., That's a very hard question.     
3       adv   If you work hard doing something, you are very active or work intensely, with a lot of effort.  
ADV after v  
I'll work hard. I don't want to let him down..., Am I trying too hard?     
      Hard is also an adjective., adj   ADJ n  
I admired him as a true scientist and hard worker.     
4       adj   Hard work involves a lot of activity and effort.  
Coping with three babies is very hard work..., Their work is hard and unglamorous, and most people would find it boring.     
5       adv   If you look, listen, or think hard, you do it carefully and with a great deal of attention.  
ADV after v  
You had to listen hard to hear the old man breathe...     
      Hard is also an adjective., adj   usu ADJ n  
It might be worth taking a long hard look at your frustrations and resentments.     
6       adv   If you strike or take hold of something hard, you strike or take hold of it with a lot of force.  
ADV after v  
I kicked a dustbin very hard and broke my toe.     
      Hard is also an adjective., adj   ADJ n  
He gave her a hard push which toppled her backwards into an armchair.     
7       adv   You can use hard to indicate that something happens intensely and for a long time.  
ADV after v  
I've never seen Terry laugh so hard..., It was snowing hard by then.     
8       adj   If a person or their expression is hard, they show no kindness or sympathy.  
usu ADJ n     (Antonym: gentle)    His father was a hard man...     
9       adj   If you are hard on someone, you treat them severely or unkindly.  
v-link ADJ on n     (Antonym: soft)    Don't be so hard on him.     
      Hard is also an adverb., adv   ADV after v  
He said the security forces would continue to crack down hard on the protestors.     
10       adj   If you say that something is hard on a person or thing, you mean it affects them in a way that is likely to cause them damage or suffering.  
v-link ADJ on n  
The grey light was hard on the eyes..., These last four years have been hard on them.     
11       adj   If you have a hard life or a hard period of time, your life or that period is difficult and unpleasant for you.   (=tough)  
It had been a hard life for her..., Those were hard times.     
  hardness      n-uncount   N of n  
In America, people don't normally admit to the hardness of life.     
12       adj   Hard evidence or facts are definitely true and do not need to be questioned.  
ADJ n  
There are probably fewer hard facts about the life of Henry Purcell than that of any other great composer since the Renaissance.     
13       adj   Hard water contains a lot of calcium compounds that stop soap making bubbles and sometimes appear as a deposit in kettles and baths.,   (Antonym: soft)   
14       adj   Hard drugs are very strong illegal drugs such as heroin or cocaine.  
ADJ n     (Antonym: soft)   
15    If you feel hard done by, you feel that you have not been treated fairly.  
hard done by      phrase   v-link PHR  
The hall porter was feeling hard done by at having to extend his shift.     
16    If you say that something is hard going, you mean it is difficult and requires a lot of effort.  
be hard going      phrase   usu v-link PHR  
The talks had been hard going at the start.     
17    To be hard hitby something means to be affected very severely by it.  
be hard hit      phrase   usu v-link PHR  
California's been particularly hard hit by the recession.     
18    If someone plays hard to get, they pretend not to be interested in another person or in what someone is trying to persuade them to do.  
play hard to get      phrase   V inflects  
I wanted her and she was playing hard to get.     
19    If someone is hard putto do something or, in British English if they are hard pushedto do something, they have great difficulty doing it.  
be hard put/pushed to do sth      phrase   usu v-link PHR to-inf  
Mr Morton is undoubtedly cleverer than Mr Kirkby, but he will be hard put to match his popularity.     
20    If you take something hard, you are very upset or depressed by it.  
take sth hard      phrase   V inflects  
Maybe I just took it too hard.     

hard and fast     
If you say that there are no hard and fast rules, or that there is no hard and fast information about something, you are indicating that there are no fixed or definite rules or facts.      adj   usu with brd-neg, usu ADJ n   (=definite)  
There are no hard and fast rules, but rather traditional guidelines as to who pays for what...     
If you describe someone as hard-bitten, you are critical of them because they do not show much emotion or have much sympathy for other people, usually because they have experienced many unpleasant things.      adj   usu ADJ n     (disapproval)    (=tough)  
...a cynical hard-bitten journalist.     
hard-boiled   , hard boiled  
1       adj   A hard-boiled egg has been boiled in its shell until the whole of the inside is solid.  
2       adj   You use hard-boiled to describe someone who is tough and does not show much emotion.  
She's hard-boiled, tough and funny.     
hard cash     
Hard cash is money in the form of notes and coins as opposed to a cheque or a credit card.      n-uncount  
hard cider     
Hard cider is an alcoholic drink that is made from apples.  
  (AM)      n-uncount  
in BRIT, use cider     
hard copy        ( hard copies    plural  ) A hard copy of a document is a printed version of it, rather than a version that is stored on a computer.      n-var  
...eight pages of hard copy.     
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  
hard-core   , hardcore, hard core  
1       n-sing   You can refer to the members of a group who are the most committed to its activities or who are the most involved in them as a hard coreof members or as the hard-core members.  
oft N of n, N n  
We've got a hard core of customers that have stood by us..., A hard-core group of right-wing senators had hoped to sway their colleagues.     
2       adj   Hard-core pornography shows sex in a very detailed way, or shows very violent or unpleasant sex. Compare soft-core.  
ADJ n  
hard currency        ( hard currencies    plural  ) A hard currency is one which is unlikely to lose its value and so is considered to be a good one to have or to invest in.      n-var  
The government is running short of hard currency to pay for imports.     
hard disk        ( hard disks    plural  ) A computer's hard disk is a stiff magnetic disk on which data and programs can be stored.      n-count  
If you describe someone as a hard-drinking person, you mean that they frequently drink large quantities of alcohol.      adj   ADJ n  
If you describe something such as a style, play, or article as hard-edged, you mean you admire it because it is powerful, critical, or unsentimental.      adj  
...hard-edged drama.     
hard hat        ( hard hats    plural  ) A hard hat is a hat made from a hard material, which people wear to protect their heads on building sites or in factories, or when riding a horse.      n-count  
You use hard-headed to describe someone who is practical and determined to get what they want or need, and who does not allow emotions to affect their actions.      adj   (=tough)  
...a hard-headed and shrewd businesswoman...     
If you describe someone as hard-hearted, you disapprove of the fact that they have no sympathy for other people and do not care if people are hurt or made unhappy.      adj  
You would have to be pretty hard-hearted not to feel something for him.     
If you describe a report or speech as hard-hitting, you like the way it talks about difficult or serious matters in a bold and direct way.     (JOURNALISM)      adj   usu ADJ n     (approval)    In a hard-hitting speech to the IMF, he urged third world countries to undertake sweeping reforms.     
hard labour     
in AM, use hard labor     
Hard labour is hard physical work which people have to do as punishment for a crime.      n-uncount  
The sentence of the court was twelve years' hard labour, to be served in a British prison.     
hard left      , hard-left  
You use hard left to describe those members of a left wing political group or party who have the most extreme political beliefs.  
  (mainly BRIT)      n-sing   the N, oft N n  
...the hard-left view that foreign forces should not have been sent.     
in AM, usually use far left     
hard luck  
1       n-uncount   If you say that someone had some hard luck, or that a situation was hard luckon them, you mean that something bad happened to them and you are implying that it was not their fault.  
(=bad luck)  

We had a bit of hard luck this season...     
2       n-uncount   If someone says that a bad situation affecting you is just your hard luck, they do not care about it or think you should be helped, often because they think it is your fault.  
INFORMAL   poss N   (=tough luck)  
The shop assistants didn't really want to discuss the matter, saying it was just my hard luck.     
3       convention   You can say `hard luck' to someone to show that you are sorry they have not got or done something that they had wanted to get or do.  
INFORMAL, feelings  
(=tough luck)  

Hard luck, chaps, but don't despair too much.     
You use hard-nosed to describe someone who is tough and realistic, and who takes decisions on practical grounds rather than emotional ones.  
INFORMAL      adj   usu ADJ n   (=unsentimental)  
If nothing else, Doug is a hard-nosed businessman.     
hard of hearing     
Someone who is hard of hearing is not able to hear properly.      adj   usu v-link ADJ  
hard porn     
Hard porn is pornography that shows sex in a very detailed way, or shows very violent or unpleasant sex.      n-uncount  
hard-pressed   , hard pressed  
1       adj   If someone is hard-pressed, they are under a great deal of strain and worry, usually because they have not got enough money.     (JOURNALISM)  
The region's hard-pressed consumers are spending less on luxuries.     
2       adj   If you will be hard-pressedto do something, you will have great difficulty doing it.  
v-link ADJ to-inf  
This year the airline will be hard-pressed to make a profit.     
hard right      , hard-right  
You use hard right to describe those members of a right wing political group or party who have the most extreme political beliefs.  
  (mainly BRIT)      n-sing   the N, oft N n  
...the appearance of hard-right political groupings.     
in AM, usually use far right     
hard sell     
A hard sell is a method of selling in which the salesperson puts a lot of pressure on someone to make them buy something.      n-sing   oft N n  
...a double-glazing firm whose hard-sell techniques were exposed by a consumer programme.     
hard shoulder        ( hard shoulders    plural  ) Thehard shoulder is the area at the side of a motorway or other road where you are allowed to stop if your car breaks down.  
  (mainly BRIT)      n-count   usu the N in sing  
in AM, use shoulder     
hard up      , hard-up  
If you are hard up, you have very little money.  
INFORMAL      adj  
  (Antonym: well-off)   
Her parents were very hard up.     
hard-wearing      , hard wearing  
Something that is hard-wearing is strong and well-made so that it lasts for a long time and stays in good condition even though it is used a lot.  
  (mainly BRIT)      adj  
...hard-wearing cotton shirts.     
in AM, use long-wearing     
hard-wired   , hardwired  
1       adj   A hard-wired part of a computer forms part of its hardware.  
2       adj   If an ability, approach, or type of activity is hard-wiredinto the brain, it is a basic one and cannot be changed.  
Others think that the rules for what is `musical' are hard-wired in our brains to some degree.     
If you describe something that someone has gained or achieved as hard-won, you mean that they worked hard to gain or achieve it.      adj   usu ADJ n  
The dispute could destroy Australia's hard-won reputation for industrial stability.     
hard-working      , hardworking  
If you describe someone as hard-working, you mean that they work very hard.      adj  
He was hardworking and energetic.     
rock-hard      , rock hard  
Something that is rock-hard is very hard indeed.      adj  
During the dry season the land is rock hard.     

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  

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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
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.
annoying, arduous, bothersome, burdensome, demanding, difficult, harassing, hard, importunate, inconvenient, irksome, irritating, laborious, oppressive, pestilential, plaguy
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.
con fuerza, duro, dificil
con fuerza, duro, dificil
1:to utter taunting words 2:to deride or tease with taunting words 'The Gridiron Show group joked with and gibed at those in the Memphis power structure, politicians mostly. Rarely did anyone get their feelings hurt by the skits in the shows…." — Toby Sells, Memphis Magazine, December 2014
representation of a facial expression composed with various combinations of keyboard characters used to convey the writer's feelings or intended tone in electronic communication. For exemple, :-) represents a smile.
[Internet] Ex: When they e-mail, people have a growing tendency to use emoticons as a fun way to relay the tone of their messages
loss of feelings for someone who was formerly loved ; falling out of love
From Greek: an = without ; agape = love
a feeling of happiness, satisfaction, well-being
E.g: Nothing compares to the warm fuzzies you get when seeing again your old friends.
feeling of emptiness experienced by parents after the children leave their home
be consumed by an emotion; experience an intense feeling
be beside oneself with joy/ grief/ anger etc.
get rid of a strong feeling towards something or someone
[Informal] If you have done something wrong, tell him and get it out of your system. After the break up, it took him some while to get her out of his system.
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