plural noun, Informal.
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. […]
/ˈhɑːdˌbeɪk/ noun 1. almond toffee
[hahrd-bak] /ˈhɑrdˌbæk/ noun, adjective 1. . /ˈhɑːdˌbæk/ noun 1. a book or edition with covers of cloth, cardboard, or leather Compare paperback adjective 2. Also casebound (ˈkeɪsˌbaʊnd), hardbound (ˈhɑːdˌbaʊnd), hardcover (ˈhɑːdˌkʌvə). of or denoting a hardback or the publication of hardbacks n. “type of book bound in stiff boards,” 1954, from hard + back (n.).