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do it the hard way

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do it the hard way

verb phrase

To do something in the most difficult and painful manner: ''He did it the hard way,'' said Johnny Croll

[1920s+; fr the hard way in craps, making the points of 4, 6, 8, or 10 with throws of a pair of 2s, 3s, 4s, or 5s]

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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