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hard rock

the original form of rock-'n'-roll, basically dependent on a consistently loud and strong beat.
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hard rocker, noun


[hahrd-rok] /ˈhɑrdˌrɒk/
(loosely) of or relating to igneous or metamorphic rocks, as in mining (hard-rock mining) and geology (hard-rock geology)
1920-25 Unabridged
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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

(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)



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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