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verb (used with object)
  1. to boil (an egg) until the yolk and white have become firm or solid.
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Origin of hard-boil

First recorded in 1890–95
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  • Goodness, what would my home economics teacher have said if she had heard me say 'hard-boil'?

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    Louise Bennett Weaver

  • Hard-boil some eggs and, while they are cooking, fry a large square slice of bread in butter to make a large crouton.

  • Stir constantly over a hot fire until it reaches the hard-boil stage.

  • Stir the mixture constantly over the fire until it reaches the hard-boil stage.

  • A nationality and a kingdom were at stake there, and no more time to decide it in than it takes to hard-boil an egg.