firmly or rigidly set; fixed: a hard-set smile.
in a difficult position: The troops were hard-set before their supplies came.
determined; obstinate.

Origin of hard-set

1400–50; late Middle English harde set
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Examples from the Web for hard-set

Historical Examples of hard-set

  • I had a snub nose and sandy hair, and I was tough, with a hard-set jaw.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • His face was hard-set, almost like marble, as he stared at the mountains.

    The Winning Clue

    James Hay, Jr.

  • I looked at the man with his hard-set jaw and quivering lips.

    The Sequel

    George A. Taylor

  • But he did not trust this pale man with the strange eyes and the hard-set mouth.

    Frank of Freedom Hill

    Samuel A. Derieux

  • But with hard-set teeth she told herself that she would not give in.