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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. 2018.
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  • I had a snub nose and sandy hair, and I was tough, with a hard-set jaw.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • 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 Dora Russell
  • The brows are prominent, the nose long, and the face thin and hard-set.

    Astrology Sepharial
  • They raised one long plaint of deep-toned, hard-set blasphemy.

  • But the season was getting late, and the nests mostly contained young birds, or eggs so hard-set as to be useless.

    Haviland's Chum Bertram Mitford
  • "My name is Allstein," he began; but I had observed that before he opened his hard-set jaw.

    Down the Yellowstone Lewis R. Freeman
  • Every egg, unless “hard-set,” should be blown as soon as removed from the nest.

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