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hard

adjective Indurated; firm.
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It was impossible to make any great way against such obstacles united; it was hard upon one o'clock already; and nearly two hours were consumed in getting to the end of the stage.
Such was the famous Lord John Roxton as he sat opposite to me, biting hard upon his cigar and watching me steadily in a long and embarrassing silence.
You see, it's hard upon me that I have no brothers and sisters.
Cowed and disheartened by the loss of their leader, the Normans had given back and were now streaming over the bulwarks on to their own galley, dropping a dozen at a time on to her deck, But the anchor still held them in its crooked claw, and Sir Oliver with fifty men was hard upon their heels.
And hard upon that unrefined but wonder-working flow came a certain healing of spirit.
You're desperate hard upon me, gen'l'men, said Gamfield, wavering.
Mayhap we shall not be so hard upon you as the Christian Bishop; yet, again we may be harder.
And my remark was - for I couldn't think of a better one - that I thought it must be just as hard upon those who were starved, whether the others were a million, or a million million.
Do not be hard upon me, but take that into account.
But Umslopogaas did not stir till his foe was about to strike, then suddenly he leaped aside, and as Jikiza passed he smote him hard upon the back with the flat of his axe, making a great sound, for it was not his plan to try and kill Jikiza with this axe.
Grant's morning calls, it was very hard upon her to be deprived of one of the last epistolary uses she could put them to.
You are very hard upon the king, my dear Monsieur d'Artagnan; and yet you scarcely know him.