We must make the public acquainted with a hard case of ours.
By the Rock of Cashel, it 'ud be a hard case av the priest was to want.
Undoubtedly high rates were sometimes paid to get a very "hard case" out of purgatory.
But is it not a hard case, Valerie, when you cannot respect your parents?
This is a hard case, if you like; you have every reason to be thankful.
It was certainly a hard case, and the more she considered it the less she liked it.
Some of the alleys were tough and contained cheap lodging-houses wherein dwelt many a hard case and criminal.
It is a hard case, that's a fact, and I don't see that anything can be done about it.
He thinks it a hard case, and begs the King to let the debt be paid in full, principal and five years of interest.
“hard case to lose our boat and our bread, sir,” said Tom touching his hat.
A rough and dangerous person; tough guy: Most of the hardcases knew their rights better than the cops (1836+)