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hard rock

noun
1.
the original form of rock-'n'-roll, basically dependent on a consistently loud and strong beat.
Compare soft rock.
Origin of hard rock
1965-1970
1965-70
Related forms
hard rocker, noun

hard-rock

[hahrd-rok] /ˈhɑrdˌrɒk/
adjective
1.
(loosely) of or relating to igneous or metamorphic rocks, as in mining (hard-rock mining) and geology (hard-rock geology)
Origin
1920-25
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  • Here it is covered by only a thin layer of soil, hard rock being close to the surface.

  • Here he may have learned that the coney makes its dwelling in the hard rock.

    Palestine Claude Reignier Conder
  • If such accumulations gather and are changed into hard rock by pressure and other indurating agencies they make typical breccias.

  • For, as my right hand touched it, the hard rock moved, shivered.

    The Induna's Wife Bertram Mitford
  • It is not a hard rock, this island granite, and is easily worn away by the action of the wind and water.

    The Isles of Scilly Jessie Mothersole
  • Some of these were still open, where they had been driven through the hard rock.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • The cliffs of hard rock offer far more resistance than the soft alluvia over which the river wanders freely.

    The Argentine Republic Pierre Denis
  • They have been badly battered out of all shape by striking on this hard rock.

  • These in their turn rest upon a foundation of hard rock, harder than any we have yet examined, called Millstone Grit or Gritstone.

    Cheshire Charles E. Kelsey
British Dictionary definitions for hard rock

hard rock

noun
1.
(music) a rhythmically simple and usually highly amplified style of rock and roll
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Slang definitions & phrases for hard rock

hard rock

noun phrase

A form of rock-and-roll music with a simple, driving beat, usually played on heavily amplified guitars (1960s+ Rock and roll)

hard-rock

adjective

Severe; dour and pugnacious; tough: the old hard-rock guy who would line up all the cocaine users and shoot them

[1923+; probably fr the difficulty of hard-rock mining as distinct fr other kinds; influenced by rock-hard]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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