Perhaps the hardest part of leaving The Closer will be leaving this obviously close-knit family.
Which is too bad, because we badly need that squishy, soft quality to restore the hardest of hard things, the economy.
But with his biggest fall yet, the hardest task is upon him.
Site agents and shift agents have the hardest jobs in the Secret Service.
It should soften the heart of the hardest cynic and give you hope for the future.
He had pluck to spare, but ridicule is the hardest thing to face in life.
Aye, lad, and the plain things are always the hardest things to do.
Ill tell you frankly, I tried my hardest to find out who you really were.
And thus began to-day—it has been the hardest day in a hard week.
That was Oliver's hard task now, to say goodby to all, hardest of all to those of his father's house.
Old English heard "solid, firm, not soft," also "severe, rigorous, cruel," from Proto-Germanic *hardu- (cf. Old Saxon and Dutch hard, Old Norse harðr "hard," Old High German harto "extremely, very," German hart, Gothic hardus "hard"), from PIE *kortu-, (cf. Greek kratos "strength," kratys "strong"), from root *kar-/*ker- "hard." Meaning "difficult to do" is from c.1200. The adverb sense was also present in Old English.
Hard of hearing preserves obsolete Middle English sense of "having difficulty in doing something." Hard liquor is 1879, American English (hard drink is from 1810; hard cider is from 1789), and this probably led to hard drugs (1955). Hard facts is from 1887; hard news is from 1938. Hard copy (as opposed to computer record) is from 1964; hard disk is from 1978. Hard up (1610s) is originally nautical, of steering (slang sense of "short of money" is from 1821), as is hard and fast (1680s), of a ship on shore. Hard times "period of poverty" is from 1705.
Hard money (1706) is specie, as opposed to paper. Hence 19c. U.S. hard (n.) "one who advocates the use of metallic money as the national currency" (1844). To play hard to get is from 1945. Hard rock as a pop music style recorded from 1967.