hard-won
hard-won hard"-won` a. Acquired with difficulty; as, to squander one's hard-won fortune. [PJC]

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  • hard-won — hardˈ won adjective Won with toil and difficulty • • • Main Entry: ↑hard * * * hard won UK US adjective achieved only after a lot of effort hard won success Thesaurus: difficult to do and involving a lot of effortsynonym * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • hard-won — adj achieved only after a of lot effort and difficulty ▪ The people were not prepared to give up their hard won independence …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hard-won — ADJ: usu ADJ n If you describe something that someone has gained or achieved as hard won, you mean that they worked hard to gain or achieve it. The dispute could destroy Australia s hard won reputation for industrial stability …   English dictionary

  • hard-won — /ˈhad wʌn/ (say hahd wun) adjective achieved despite numerous difficulties and setbacks: hard won victory; hard won wisdom …   Australian English dictionary

  • hard-won — adj. Hard won is used with these nouns: ↑gain …   Collocations dictionary

  • hard-won — UK / US adjective achieved only after a lot of effort hard won success …   English dictionary

  • ˈhard-ˌwon — adj achieved only after a lot of effort hard won success[/ex] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • hard-won — adjective Date: 1818 gained by great effort …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hard-won — adjective Having been obtained with effort, despite difficulty and hardship …   Wiktionary

  • Hard — Hard, adv. [OE. harde, AS. hearde.] 1. With pressure; with urgency; hence, diligently; earnestly. [1913 Webster] And prayed so hard for mercy from the prince. Dryden. [1913 Webster] My father Is hard at study; pray now, rest yourself. Shak. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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