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hardscrabble

[ hahrd-skrab-uhl ]
/ ˈhɑrdˌskræb əl /
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adjective
providing or yielding meagerly in return for much effort; demanding or unrewarding: the hardscrabble existence of mountainside farmers.
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Origin of hardscrabble

An Americanism dating back to 1795–1805; hard + scrabble
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British Dictionary definitions for hardscrabble

hardscrabble
/ (ˈhɑːdˌskræbəl) /

noun US informal
(modifier) (of a place) difficult to make a living in; barren
great effort made in the face of difficulties
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