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noun
a rough, hard-bitten person.
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Origin of hard case

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40

Other definitions for hard case (2 of 2)

hard-case
[ hahrd-keys ]
/ ˈhɑrdˌkeɪs /

adjective
rough and hard-bitten: hard-case juvenile delinquents.

Origin of hard-case

First recorded in 1915–20
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