acquired or attained by great effort or work
Last Thursday Obama said something similar: that “we must make decisions based not on fear, but hard-earned wisdom.”
Is the market an inert force to be manipulated and exploited, to deprive it of hard-earned cash?
And think of the De Robertis family enjoying their hard-earned retirement.
The novel has a calm authority, a wisdom that feels lived-in and hard-earned.
Age is so hard-earned,” Ost tells The Daily Beast, “it has to be celebrated.
You haven't been able to afford models for yourself, while you pay mine five hard-earned francs an hour.
Not above an hour, however, was he destined to enjoy his hard-earned rest.
Youth untamed sat here for an idle moment, spending easily its hard-earned wages.
Why do men pay out of their hard-earned wages to support unions now?
I was a regular pigeon, and gave up many a hard-earned dollar to them for no good at all.