- Hard liquor
noun phrase Whiskey, rum, gin, brandy, etc., as distinct from wine and beer; spirits; strong waters (1879+) Distilled alcoholic beverages, such as gin or whiskey. For example, We’re serving wine and beer but no hard liquor. The hard here refers to their high alcoholic content, which is also true for hard cider, although the latter […]
- Hard-luck story
noun phrase A tale calculated to gain sympathy and help: He gives me the same old hard-luck story every time (1900+)
[hahrd-lee] /ˈhɑrd li/ adverb 1. only just; almost not; barely: We had hardly reached the lake when it started raining. hardly any; hardly ever. 2. not at all; scarcely: That report is hardly surprising. 3. with little likelihood: He will hardly come now. 4. forcefully or vigorously. 5. with pain or difficulty. 6. British. harshly […]
- Hardly ever
Also, rarely ever, scarcely ever. Very seldom, almost never, as in This kind of thief is hardly ever caught, or He rarely ever brings up his wartime experiences. The ever in these expressions, first recorded in 1694, serves as an intensifier.