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adjective Indurated; firm.
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You'd be hard put to find a bigger selection of cruelty-free men's shoes, including sandals, athletic shoes, work and casual boots, and an array of dress shoes in black, brown, and even navy for some styles.
At first sight, the casual visitor today would be hard put to detect evidence of obvious architectural activity in the market, a tribute to the architect's light touch.
One would be hard put to explain, however, how a final decisionmaker, here the Tax Court judge, would give "[d]ue regard" to, and "presum[e] to be correct," an opinion the judge collaborated in producing.
Workers' comp insurers cannot exclude terrorism from their policies, and the loss of TRIA's federal reinsurance backup would leave carriers exposed and employers in high-risk areas hard put to find affordable coverage.
"We would be hard put to find any town where the incidence of lead contamination is so low that households don't need to get their water tested."
Whatever, you'd be hard put not to want to hurl yourself into the throng when Clownfoot or the glam goes psychobilly Day In The City crank up.
The reader is hard put to doubt conclusions based on detailed encounters with victims, magistrates, and offenders in the context of crime patterns, life-cycle change of offenders, trials, verdicts, sentencing and the impact of gender and age, pardoning, and the rituals of punishment.
Even though rural residents are hard put to purchase household durable goods, a wider range of food and beverage products are coming within their economic reach.
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$2.50 for a meal out.
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.