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hard stuff

noun, Slang.
1.
strongly addictive drugs.
2.
liquor with a high alcoholic content; hard liquor.
Origin of hard stuff
1950-1955
1950-55
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  • I can stand what any other man can, and without the hard stuff, either.'

    Robbery Under Arms Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
  • I think it's made of some hard stuff that may snap, but can't break.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • "That's the first time I ever saw you touch the hard stuff," he observed.

    Burned Bridges Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • That's it, the old gal hasn't many failings, but one of 'em is an over-fondness for hard stuff.

  • And the little boy was very fond of it—it was made of hard stuff, you know, all white and shiny, and it had blue eyes.

    Hoodie Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
Slang definitions & phrases for hard stuff

hard stuff

noun

Whiskey and other strong liquors; spirits; hard liquor: The troubles the hard stuff inflicts on men with no defense against it (1891+)

noun phrase

  1. hard drug (1960s+ Narcotics)
  2. Money, esp loot or other illicit gain (1910+ Underworld)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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