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adjective Indurated; firm.
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Margins could be even slimmer in Tibet where there is a shortage of raw materials and the average consumer would be hard put to spend US$2.
Racey, chose style in this number recalls the lightly humorous approach of Ray Bolger, is hard put to answer a question about whether he sees himself as a dancer who can tap or a tapper with other talents.
We would be hard put to name the bylined reporters who covered those events, but we'll never forget George Fisher's legacy of cartoons that probably did as much as anything to influence the opinions of politicians and citizens alike.
The cutouts Faust has been making are far more elaborate and minutely detailed than any your kids are likely to try, but if that were the only difference one would be hard put to think of Faust as anything more than a hobbyist.
But even those who find charm in Lelouch's superficial, scattered takes on life, love and fate will be hard put to sit through ``And Now Ladies & Gentlemen,'' as unstructured, tone deaf and tedious a romantic epic as any ever filmed.
In fact, they controlled this game from start to finish, and any observer would have been hard put to identify the Premier League side.
To such managers, euthanasia will look so cost-effective that they will be hard put not to encourage it.
but I'm hard put to find a prettier place than Virginia.
And you'd be hard put to find a pundit or a politician to disagree with them publicly at the moment.
I am hard put to suggest improvements when something works as well as this.
Even Douglass's biographers have been hard put to account for her presence, invoking, as William McFeely did not too long ago, Anna's "primal tenacity," as if she symbolized the return of the repressed, the beckoning of a remote African past, in the life of a man whose public successes allowed him to forget occasionally "that my skin was dark and my hair crisped.
We'd be hard put to count all the newsletters and newsletter companies Frank Joseph has founded, purchased and sold in his many years as reporter, editor and publisher.