We rightly condemn the Allied leaders of the 1920s for squeezing Germany so hard on reparations.
The tangle of groups, funders, and leaders in the black anti-immigration effort—as in the broader movement—can be hard to follow.
Laila's grasp abruptly weakened as a cold, hard splash separated us.
Trouble is, we find it hard to convince ourselves that falling markets mean higher future returns.
The SEALs carted away boxes of computers, hard drives, thumb drives, DVDs, and thousands of documents.
She was a Pole, she had been trained in a hard school, she was not afraid.
There had been a hard winter, and after it the poor woman had suffered from fever and ague.
The campaign of the previous month had been a hard one for the cavalry.
The consternation of the Americans it would be hard to imagine.
It is hard to quit Paradise for even such a tourney as we have before us.
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.