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hard

adjective Indurated; firm.
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In the second half, it was the hosts who felt hard done by when Jonas Olsson appeared to catch goalkeeper Robert Green with an elbow as Shelton Martis headed against the crossbar.
On the balance of play, maybe a draw was fair, but with the number of chances we had which hit the woodwork we felt hard done by.
WHY do all the drivers who get clamped and fined feel they are being hard done by and victimised?
Sam, you were hard done by Cardiff Council, who seemed they wanted you to go as you insisted on a football-only stadium.
This, when the hard done by people of Mickley and Stocksfield, living on a tortuous, high speed (50mph upwards) road can't even get speed cameras, let alone a bypass, because there haven't been enough people killed recently.
Dennis Wise's men will feel hard done by at the outcome of the game, having twice seen shots hit the underside of the crossbar.
WORCESTER City will feel hard done by following this defeat to a youthful Bristol Rovers.
Chris Brandon seemed a little hard done by in first-half stoppage time to be booked for a dive in the box when he looked to have been clipped by the sliding Curtis Davies.
We feel hard done by and Mark Hughes in particular feels hard done by.
An insider said: "Jimmy feels he's been hard done by.
Newport and Merthyr always complain that they're hard done by; it seems to me that the English clubs who have to compete against them are the ones who are really hard done by.
However we owe Rotherham one, we feel we were hard done by last year.