Friday, May 07, 2004
hardscrabble adjective [HARD-skrab-uhl] Yielding a bare or meager living with great labor or difficulty.
Definitions for hardscrabble
- Yielding a bare or meager living with great labor or difficulty.
- Marked by poverty.
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Citations for hardscrabble
I remember it being green and humid, nothing like this hardscrabble land.
Most inhabitants scratched out a living from hardscrabble farming, yet these newcomers were hopeful and enterprising.
Origin of hardscrabble
Hardscrabble is formed from hard (from Old English heard) + scrabble (from Dutch schrabbelen, "to scratch").