[ hahrd-keys ]
/ ˈhɑrdˌkeɪs /


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

Origin of hard-case

First recorded in 1915–20

Definition for hard-case (2 of 2)

hard case


a rough, hard-bitten person.

Origin of hard case

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