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hard-case

[hahrd-keys]
adjective
  1. rough and hard-bitten: hard-case juvenile delinquents.
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Origin of hard-case

First recorded in 1915–20

hard case

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

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40
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Examples from the Web for hard-case

Historical Examples of hard-case

  • Suddenly, the vendor dropped his hard-case bangbanger facade.

    Makers

    Cory Doctorow

  • Donald smiled to himself at the thought of the hard-case Bluenose mate having a penchant for chocolate “fudge.”

    The Viking Blood

    Frederick William Wallace