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1    firm or rigid; not easily dented, crushed, or pierced  
2    toughened by or as if by physical labour; not soft or smooth  
hard hands     
3    difficult to do or accomplish; arduous  
a hard task     
4    difficult to understand or perceive  
a hard question     
5    showing or requiring considerable physical or mental energy, effort, or application  
hard work, a hard drinker     
6    stern, cold, or intractable  
a hard judge     
7    exacting; demanding  
a hard master     
8    harsh; cruel  
a hard fate     
9    inflicting pain, sorrow, distress, or hardship  
hard times     
10    tough or adamant  
a hard man     
11    forceful or violent  
a hard knock     
12    cool or uncompromising  
we took a long hard look at our profit factor     
13    indisputable; real  
hard facts     
14      (Chem)   (of water) impairing the formation of a lather by soap  
   See       hardness       3  
15    practical, shrewd, or calculating  
he is a hard man in business     
16    too harsh to be pleasant  
hard light     
a    (of cash, money, etc.) in coin and paper rather than cheques  
b    (of currency) in strong demand, esp. as a result of a good balance of payments situation  
c    (of credit) difficult to obtain; tight  
18    (of alcoholic drink) being a spirit rather than a wine, beer, etc.  
the hard stuff     
19    (of a drug such as heroin, morphine, or cocaine) highly addictive  
   Compare       soft       20  
20      (Physics)   (of radiation, such as gamma rays and X-rays) having high energy and the ability to penetrate solids  
21      (Physics)   (of a vacuum) almost complete  
22      (Chiefly U.S.)   (of goods) durable  
23       short for       hard-core  
24      (Phonetics)  
a       an older word for       fortis  
b    (not in modern technical usage) denoting the consonants c and g in English when they are pronounced as velar stops (k, g)  
c    (of consonants in the Slavonic languages) not palatalized  
a    being heavily fortified and protected  
b    (of nuclear missiles) located underground in massively reinforced silos  
26    politically extreme  
the hard left     
27      (Brit. and N.Z.)  
informal   incorrigible or disreputable (esp. in the phrase a hard case)  
28    (of bread, etc.) stale and old  
29    a hard nut to crack  
a    a person not easily persuaded or won over  
b    a thing not easily understood  
30    hard by   near; close by  
31    hard doer     (N.Z.)   a tough worker at anything  
32    hard done by   unfairly or badly treated  
33    hard up  
a    in need of money; poor  
b    foll by: for   in great need (of)  
hard up for suggestions     
34    put the hard word on     (Austral. and N.Z.)  
informal   to ask or demand something from  
35    with great energy, force, or vigour  
the team always played hard     
36    as far as possible; all the way  
hard left     
37    with application; earnestly or intently  
she thought hard about the formula     
38    with great intensity, force, or violence  
his son's death hit him hard     
39    foll by: on, upon, by, or after   close; near  
hard on his heels     
40    foll by: at   assiduously; devotedly  
a    with effort or difficulty  
their victory was hard won     
b    (in combination)  
42    slowly and reluctantly  
prejudice dies hard     
43    go hard with   to cause pain or difficulty to (someone)  
it will go hard with you if you don't tell the truth     
44    hard at it   working hard  
45    hard put (to it)   scarcely having the capacity (to do something)  
he's hard put to get to work by 9:30     
46    any colorant that produces a harsh coarse appearance  
47      (Brit)   a roadway across a foreshore  
48    Slang   hard labour  
49    Taboo slang   an erection of the penis (esp. in the phrase get or have a hard on)  
     (Old English heard; related to Old Norse harthr, Old Frisian herd, Old High German herti, Gothic hardus hard, Greek kratus strong)  

1    a person who resists change or who holds onto an untenable position or outdated attitude  
2    modifier   obstinately resistant to change  
  die-hardism      n  
hard and fast  
      adj   hard-and-fast when prenominal   (esp. of rules) invariable or strict  
      adj   tough and realistic  
1    (of an egg) boiled until the yolk and white are solid  
2    Informal  
a    tough, realistic  
b    cynical  
hard bop  
      n   a form of jazz originating in the late 1950s that is rhythmically less complex than bop  
hard card  
      n   a hard disk, mounted on a card, that can be added to a personal computer  
hard cash  
      n   money or payment in the form of coins or notes rather than cheques or credit  
hard cheese  
      sentence substitute  
      n     (Brit)  
slang   bad luck  
hard cider  
      n     (U.S. and Canadian)   fermented apple juice  
   Compare       sweet cider  
hard coal  
      n      another name for       anthracite  
    soft coal  
hard copy  
      n   computer output printed on paper, as contrasted with machine-readable output such as magnetic tape  
hard core  
1    the members of a group or movement who form an intransigent nucleus resisting change  
2    material, such as broken bricks, stones, etc., used to form a foundation for a road, paving, building, etc.  
3    (of pornography) describing or depicting sexual acts in explicit detail  
4    extremely committed or fanatical  
a hard-core Communist     
hard court  
      n   a tennis court made of asphalt, concrete, etc.  
   See also       grass court  
hard disk  
      n   a disk of rigid magnetizable material that is used to store data for computers: it is permanently mounted in its disk drive and usually has a storage capacity of a few gigabytes  
      adj   of, relating to, or denoting a style of painting in which vividly coloured subjects are clearly delineated  
hard feeling  
      n   often pl; often used with a negative   resentment; ill will  
no hard feelings?     
hard fern  
      n   a common tufted erect fern of the polypody family, Blechnum spicant, having dark-green lanceolate leaves: it prefers acid soils, and in the U.S. is sometimes grown as deer feed,   (U.S. name)    deer fern  
hard hat  
1    a hat made of a hard material for protection, worn esp. by construction workers, equestrians, etc.  
2    Informal     (chiefly U.S. and Canadian)   a construction worker  
3    Informal     (chiefly U.S.)   characteristic of the presumed conservative attitudes and prejudices typified by construction workers  
1    tough, realistic, or shrewd; not moved by sentiment  
2      (Chiefly U.S. and Canadian)   stubborn; obstinate  
  hard-headedly      adv  
  hard-headedness      n  
      adj   seriously affected or hurt  
hard-hit by taxation     
hard hitter  
      n     (N.Z.)  
informal   a bowler hat  
      adj   uncompromising; tough  
a hard-hitting report on urban deprivation     
hard labour  
      n     (Criminal law)   (formerly) the penalty of compulsory physical labour imposed in addition to a sentence of imprisonment: abolished in England in 1948  
hard landing  
1    a landing by a rocket or spacecraft in which the vehicle is destroyed on impact  
2    a solution to a problem, esp. an economic problem, that involves hardship  
   Compare       soft landing  
hard lens  
      n   a rigid plastic lens which floats on the layer of tears in front of the cornea, worn to correct defects of vision  
   Compare       gas-permeable lens       soft lens  
hard line  
a    an uncompromising course or policy  
b      hardline   (as modifier)  
a hardline policy     
  hardliner      n  
hard lines  
      sentence substitute  
      n     (Brit)  
informal   bad luck,   (Also)    hard cheese  
1    (of a horse) not responding satisfactorily to a pull on the bit  
2    stubborn; obstinate  
hard neck  
      n     (Irish)  
informal   audacity; nerve  
Informal   tough, shrewd, and practical  
hard of hearing  
a    deaf or partly deaf  
b    (as collective n; preceded by the)  
the hard of hearing     
hard pad  
      n   (in dogs) an abnormal increase in the thickness of the foot pads: one of the clinical signs of canine distemper  
   See       distemper   1       1  
hard palate  
      n   the anterior bony portion of the roof of the mouth, extending backwards to the soft palate  
hard paste  
a    porcelain made with kaolin and petuntse, of Chinese origin and made in Europe from the early 18th century  
b    (as modifier)  
hard-paste porcelain     
1    in difficulties  
the swimmer was hard-pressed     
2    subject to severe competition  
3    subject to severe attack  
4    closely pursued  
hard rock  
      n     (Music)   a rhythmically simple and usually highly amplified style of rock and roll  
hard rubber  
      n   a hard fairly inelastic material made by vulcanizing natural rubber  
   See       vulcanite  
hard sauce  
      n      another name for       brandy butter  
hard science  
a    one of the natural or physical sciences, such as physics, chemistry, biology, geology, or astronomy  
b    (as modifier)  
a hard-science lecture     
  hard scientist      n  
hard sell  
      n   an aggressive insistent technique of selling or advertising  
   Compare       soft sell  
      adj     (also)   
1      (Zoology)   having a shell or carapace that is thick, heavy, or hard  
2      (U.S.)   strictly orthodox  
3       another name for the       quahog  
hard-shell clam  
      n      another name for the       quahog  
hard-shell crab  
      n   a crab, esp. of the edible species Cancer pagurus, that has not recently moulted and therefore has a hard shell  
   Compare       soft-shell crab  
hard shoulder  
      n     (Brit)   a surfaced verge running along the edge of a motorway for emergency stops  
      adj   (of yarn) spun with a firm close twist  
hard standing  
      n   a hard surface on which vehicles, such as cars or aircraft, may be parked  
hard tack  
      n     (Irish)  
informal   whisky  
      adj   resilient, durable, and tough  
hard wheat  
      n   a type of wheat with hard kernels, yielding a strong flour and used for bread, macaroni, etc.  
      adj   (of a circuit or instruction) permanently wired into a computer, replacing separate software  
      adj   (of a person) industrious; diligent  
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to be unable to think for oneself
used in a condescending way
to be left in a state of confusion or uncertainty
[child] to be sent to a care organization run by the social services, or to be looked after by foster parents
to be likely to do something
banks set to miss lending targets
to be lost
he went missing my dog went missing for three days
to be staggering
Das ist ein Hammer!
able to be seen
[US] Ex.: the car in front of us was visible because we had the lights on
To surmount, to be victorious
to be gutsy means to have guts
to be gutsy: avoir du cran
not able to be mixed or combined
abbr. acron.
Short for "to be honest".
A culture of internet only jobs has coined the phrase Wirk. Wirk simply means Internet Work. Internet work is defined by job opportunities that did not exist before the rise of the internet and furthermore the work is likely to be carried out over the internet and payment received for work undertaken via the internet. Wirk describes both full time and part time internet work. Because of the nature of Wirk and the ability for anyone that has internet connection to earn money from Wirk, it is currently more likely to be a part time occupation than full time. Paid Online Questionnaires, Content Writing, Search Marketing are all examples of Wirk.
This is a term rising in popularity
a person paid by the state to work in the interests of the nation who considers it to be a ‘right’ to be able abuse his or her authority to ensure personal gain for himself or herself at the expense of the nation…
neologism ... created on some blog
grunt work is hard, uninteresting work
US informal
not to be able to act like a man, be a pussy
"to be up for it" means to be willing to participate
she's really up for it: elle est partante
A thing which ought to be perfectly vertical but which through fault is slanting is said to be off plumb.
when sth sounds too good to be true and not as good as it seems to be and you suspect that there is a hidden problem
Someone (usually a young man) who tries unsuccessfully to be funny by making lame jokes and doing stupid things
US English, colloquial
User’s online presence that hold the potential to be the key to ones online identity, value and worth.
Something that as soon as it is done becomes decided upon to repeat the next year and years to come. Does not necessarily have to had been done previous years to be defined an instant tradition.
(about persons) not to be trusted; dangerous
relative to people who are attached but don't want to be too intimate with someone on whom they are dependent
home is the best place to be no matter where it is
expression used for warning that, although something seems to be over, settled, new events that could change the situation may occur
syn.: "it ain't over till it's over"
when you are happy, people will want to be around you and share your happiness, but when you are sad, people will avoid you.
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