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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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[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Most of the hundred or more operating leases of Rawhide were owned by these hard-rock miners.

    My Adventures with Your Money George Graham Rice
  • It relates not only to the hard-rock geology but to the gravel and surface geology.

  • And have Breck order half a dozen hard-rock drills from the blacksmith.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for hard-rock

hard rock

(music) a rhythmically simple and usually highly amplified style of rock and roll
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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]

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)

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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