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Sunday, September 09, 2001

Definitions for hardscrabble

  1. Yielding a bare or meager living with great labor or difficulty.
  2. Marked by poverty.

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Citations for hardscrabble
I remember it being green and humid, nothing like this hardscrabble land. Elmore Leonard, Cuba Libre
Most inhabitants scratched out a living from hardscrabble farming, yet these newcomers were hopeful and enterprising. Ron Chernow, Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
Origin of hardscrabble
1795-1805
Hardscrabble is formed from hard (from Old English heard) + scrabble (from Dutch schrabbelen, "to scratch").