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hard cheese

noun, Slang.
an unpleasant, difficult, or adverse situation:
It's hard cheese for the unskilled worker these days.
Origin of hard cheese
First recorded in 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for hard cheese
Historical Examples
  • For food that sets your teeth on edge, eat an almond and hard cheese.

  • Have you found a way of telling fortunes with the hard cheese, as some pretend to do with the soft curds?

    Feats on the Fiord Harriet Martineau
  • After this I munched some bread and hard cheese, sucked the dew from the fern fronds, and then fell into a broken sleep.

  • The extreme types of the hard cheese are so dry and firm that they can be cut only with difficulty.

  • This type may also be divided into two groups, depending upon their texture; the hard cheese, and the soft cheese.

  • The ordinary cheddar, the common American type, is the most important example of the hard cheese; Limburger, of the soft cheese.

  • Soft cheese mature much more rapidly than hard cheese; consequently they are short lived.

  • Certain varieties of hard cheese of foreign origin are now made to some extent in this country.

    The Book of Cheese

    Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk
  • To her she went, who gave her a canvas bag of brown bread, a hard cheese, with a bottle of beer.

  • Prescott entered, and the lank youth, without a word, took down some crackers and hard cheese from a shelf.

    Before the Dawn Joseph Alexander Altsheler
British Dictionary definitions for hard cheese

hard cheese

sentence substitute, noun
(Brit, slang) bad luck
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for hard cheese

hard cheese

noun phrase

  1. An unfortunate outcome or situation •Still chiefly British; often an interjection: This is hard cheese indeed (1876+)
  2. A fastball; smoke (1980s+ Baseball)
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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