hard case

hard case

noun
a rough, hard-bitten person.

Origin:
1830–40, Americanism

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hard-case

[hahrd-keys]
adjective
rough and hard-bitten: hard-case juvenile delinquents.

Origin:
1915–20

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hard case definition


  1. n.
    a case of liquor. : Pete wanted a hard case delivered to his house.
  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 by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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