But 116Jane had a bulldog grit that carried her over hard places, and she finally achieved a letter.
Finding it over hard to say it himself, he leaves the task to Margery.
Stan kicked the Nardi over hard to the left, heading her for the tower of a high line that swung down from the hills.
And then she would speak to him of Callias, and urge him not to be over hard on the lad when he returned.
Heaven knows what's on his mind—they do say he was over hard on her, and that drove her to it.
If he behaves politely, and asks me to dine, and treats me like a gentleman, I 'll not be over hard with him.
They were passed around among the idle scholars clandestinely, to help them over hard places without study.
Mile after mile he kept on, over all sorts of ground, through bush and over hard land, never pausing for an instant.
One-fifth need only temporary help and encouragement to get over hard places.
The mate could do nothing more than set me to work, so to work I bent, and it certainly was over hard.
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.