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  • France had not tried to make a hard bargain with the Americans.

  • Consequently, it has been urged, the Crown did not drive a hard bargain.

    Sir Walter Ralegh William Stebbing
  • If she discovered her power, she would drive a hard bargain—he knew that well enough.

    The Golden Web Anthony Partridge
  • But I said I wouldn't drive a hard bargain with you, and I won't.

    Jack Sheppard, Vol. II (of III) W. Harrison Ainsworth
  • Notwithstanding their numbers, however, the ruffians seemed to have a hard bargain of their prey.

    Contraband G. J. Whyte-Melville
  • Fare (who has driven rather a hard bargain and is settling).

  • Paddy there will give you over his wife quick enough; he won't make a hard bargain over her.

    Where There is Nothing William Butler Yeats
  • When the Devil holds the whip, he makes a hard bargain, and drives fast.

    The Eye of Dread Payne Erskine
  • Hiram Walton felt that it was a hard bargain the squire was driving with him, but there seemed no help for it.

    Bound to Rise Horatio Alger

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