- a hard, saltless biscuit, formerly much used aboard ships and for army rations.
Origin of hardtack
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Examples from the Web for hardtack
I had some hardtack and tea in my “grub bag,” and these I left with her.The Long Labrador Trail
Jerked beef and hardtack, washed down with coffee, was their fare.Oh, You Tex!
William Macleod Raine
Hardtack was served with this soup and made a most satisfactory meal.Old Rail Fence Corners
We shall feed our men on herring and hardtack with the coffee.A Lieutenant at Eighteen
Kirby swallowed what must have been the last soggy crumb of hardtack.Ride Proud, Rebel!
Andre Alice Norton
- a kind of hard saltless biscuit, formerly eaten esp by sailors as a staple aboard shipAlso called: pilot biscuit, ship's biscuit, sea biscuit
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Word Origin and History for hardtack
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