- firmly or rigidly set; fixed: a hard-set smile.
- in a difficult position: The troops were hard-set before their supplies came.
- determined; obstinate.
Origin of hard-set
1400–50; late Middle English harde set
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Examples from the Web for hard-set
I had a snub nose and sandy hair, and I was tough, with a hard-set jaw.The Harbor
His face was hard-set, almost like marble, as he stared at the mountains.The Winning Clue
James Hay, Jr.
I looked at the man with his hard-set jaw and quivering lips.The Sequel
George A. Taylor
But he did not trust this pale man with the strange eyes and the hard-set mouth.Frank of Freedom Hill
Samuel A. Derieux
But with hard-set teeth she told herself that she would not give in.A Country Sweetheart