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hard-shell

[hahrd-shel] /ˈhɑrdˌʃɛl/
adjective
1.
Also, hard-shelled. having a firm, hard shell, as a crab in its normal state; not having recently molted.
2.
rigid or uncompromising.
noun
Origin of hard-shell
1790-1800
1790-1800
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  • But, you say, you have heard of "hard-shell" and "soft-shell" crabs, and want to know the difference?

  • He is such a hard-shell being that he cannot put out feelers to his kind.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • The Almonds commonly sold by nurserymen in the east are hard-shell varieties, and the nuts are not good enough for commerce.

  • These people boast that their hard-shell wheat is decidedly superior to that of Dakota and Minnesota.

    A Summer's Outing Carter H. Harrison
  • The former is sold in the San Francisco markets as the "hard-shell clam."

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
  • When the oyster season closes in April, the hard-shell clam comes into vogue, the season lasting until September or October.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
British Dictionary definitions for hard-shell

hard-shell

adjective
1.
(zoology) having a shell or carapace that is thick, heavy, or hard
2.
(US) strictly orthodox
noun
3.
another name for the quahog
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Slang definitions & phrases for hard-shell

hard-shell

adjective

Strict; conservative; hard-core: her hard-shell manner, her hipped-up weariness

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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