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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 Thesaurus
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 be gutsy means to have guts
to be gutsy: avoir du cran
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.
(about persons) not to be trusted; dangerous
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.
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.
avoir le mal de mer
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