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[hahrd-set] /ˈhɑrdˈsɛt/
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
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English harde set Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "Ye're a headstrong young man, Rufus Gillespie," said the hard-set mouth.

    Lords of the North A. C. Laut
  • I had a snub nose and sandy hair, and I was tough, with a hard-set jaw.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • The hard-set jaw relaxed and his lips melted into a smile under his moustache, and he bent down and kissed her.

    A Honeymoon in Space George Griffith
  • His face was hard-set, almost like marble, as he stared at the mountains.

    The Winning Clue James Hay, Jr.
  • Every egg, unless “hard-set,” should be blown as soon as removed from the nest.

  • The brows are prominent, the nose long, and the face thin and hard-set.

    Astrology Sepharial
  • I looked at the man with his hard-set jaw and quivering lips.

    The Sequel George A. Taylor
  • "My name is Allstein," he began; but I had observed that before he opened his hard-set jaw.

    Down the Yellowstone Lewis R. Freeman
  • It supported him through the wretched days that followed—even at the funeral his face was hard-set and his eyes dry.

    Demos George Gissing
  • He looked around upon his auditors, who watched his hard-set features in silence.

    By the Barrow River Edmund Leamy

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