hard case
noun Date: 1836 a tough or hardened person

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  • Hard case — Hard Hard (h[aum]rd), a. [Compar. {Harder} ( [ e]r); superl. {Hardest}.] [OE. hard, heard, AS. heard; akin to OS. & D. hard, G. hart, OHG. herti, harti, Icel. har[eth]r, Dan. haard, Sw. h[*a]rd, Goth. hardus, Gr. kraty s strong, ka rtos, kra tos …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hard case — n. A legal case in which the judicial decision accommodates the extreme hardship faced by one party by deviating from strict legal principles. The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell …   Law dictionary

  • hard case — hard ,case noun count INFORMAL someone who is strong and good at fighting …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hard case — n. 1. a rough or tough person 2. one who is firmly established in bad habits 3. a person in an unfortunate condition …   English World dictionary

  • hard-case — /hahrd kays /, adj. rough and hard bitten: hard case juvenile delinquents. [1915 20] * * * hard case «HAHRD KAYS», adjective. Informal. tough; hard boiled: »a hard case marine sergeant, hard case dialogue …   Useful english dictionary

  • hard case — 1. n. a case of liquor. □ Pete wanted a hard case delivered to his house. □ There’s a lot of beer and a hard case in the van. 2. n. a person who is a real problem. □ Jed has turned into a hard case. He’s fighting us at every turn …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • hard case — a rough, hard bitten person. [1830 40, Amer.] * * * hard case noun (slang) A person difficult to deal with or reform • • • Main Entry: ↑hard * * * hard case UK US noun [countable] [singular hard case …   Useful english dictionary

  • hard case — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms hard case : singular hard case plural hard cases informal someone who is strong and good at fighting …   English dictionary

  • hard-case — /hahrd kays /, adj. rough and hard bitten: hard case juvenile delinquents. [1915 20] * * * …   Universalium

  • hard case — noun a) A tough person. Because he is in the police force, Andy is a hard case. b) An amusing, funny, witty, or possibly strange person. May be used as a term of endearment. Syn: tough case, difficult …   Wiktionary

  • hard case — /had ˈkeɪs / (say hahd kays) noun Colloquial 1. a tough, cynical person. 2. a witty, consistently amusing person; hard doer. 3. an incorrigible criminal. 4. a person suffering from drug addiction, especially to alcohol. {originally US (1830s),… …   Australian English dictionary

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