In his hardscrabble campaign, there might not even have been a podium ready to welcome him.
For many fans, her hardscrabble youth and rough-and-tumble style were viewed as endearing strengths.
Their harrowing escape to Erbil has ended in a precarious and hardscrabble existence.
1804, U.S. colloquial, the name of an imaginary barren place "where a livelihood may be obtained only under great hardship and difficulty;" from hard + scrabble. First recorded in journals of Lewis and Clark. Perhaps the original notion is "vigorous effort made under great stress," though this sense is recorded slightly later (1812).