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
The Precious mastermind on how a hard-knock upbringing fueled his desire to make the film.
At this moment the postman's hard knock at the door nearly made him cry out aloud.The Mark Of Cain | Andrew Lang
At last the goat got tired of hearing Jack bark, and thought he would give him one hard knock, and drive him away.The Nursery, August 1881, Vol. XXX | Various
Thad was wondering whether any damage could have been done when that last hard knock came against the timbers of the boat.The Boy Scouts Along the Susquehanna | Herbert Carter
The churches will receive many a hard knock without you adding your quota.The Orchard of Tears | Sax Rohmer
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