[ hahrd-set ]

  1. firmly or rigidly set; fixed: a hard-set smile.

  2. in a difficult position: The troops were hard-set before their supplies came.

  1. determined; obstinate.

Origin of hard-set

1400–50; late Middle English harde set

Words Nearby hard-set

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How to use hard-set in a sentence

  • The two men faced each other for a moment with flashing eyes, lowering brows, and hard-set jaws.

    All He Knew | John Habberton
  • He was a powerfully made man of about sixty-five, with a solemn, hard-set face.

    Wandering Heath | Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • In short, my dear, I was so hard set, that I was obliged to come to a more favourable compromise with them than I had intended.

    Clarissa, Volume 6 (of 9) | Samuel Richardson
  • Draconmeyer waved the man away and walked up and down the apartment, his hands behind his back, his lips hard-set.

    Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo | E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Fact is, they're a hard set over to Sidon, and the place is better known by the name of Sodom around here.'