[ hahrd-nok ]

  1. full of, familiar with, or arising from the experience of hardship and struggle: Life in this hard-knock town can be brutal.If I learned one thing from my hard-knock mother, it was that the show must always go on.

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How to use hard-knock in a sentence

  • He was a gamey old boy, but he had had a devilish hard knock where he lived you know—Jack!

    The Haunted Pajamas | Francis Perry Elliott