Major incidents of corruption in government that occurred while Warren Harding was president in the early 1920s. The most notable, called the Teapot Dome scandal, involved the lease of federally owned oil reserve lands to private interests, in return for bribes. Several high officials, including the secretary of the interior, were ultimately convicted for their part in the affair. Although not personally implicated in the wrongdoing, Harding had clearly made a bad choice of associates and was shaken by the scandals.
[hahrd-nok] /ˈhɑrdˈnɒk/ adjective 1. beset with hardship. plural noun, Informal. 1. adversity or hardships.
plural noun, Informal. 1. adversity or hardships.
- Hard bargain
see under drive a hard bargain
[hahrd-bawl] /ˈhɑrdˌbɔl/ noun 1. baseball, as distinguished from softball. adjective 2. tough or ruthless: He wasn’t ready for the hardball politics of Washington. 3. outspoken, challenging, or difficult: Reporters asked the president some hardball questions. Idioms 4. play hardball, to act or work aggressively, competitively, or ruthlessly, as in business or politics. /ˈhɑːdbɔːl/ noun 1. […]