hardscrabble
adjective Date: 1804 1. a. being or relating to a place of barren or barely arable soil <
a hardscrabble farm
>
<
hardscrabble prairies
>
b. getting a meager living from poor soil <
a hardscrabble farmer
>
2. marked by poverty <
a hardscrabble cotton town
>
<
a hardscrabble childhood
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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