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1. Chem (of water) impairing the formation of a lather by soap
2. (of alcoholic drink) being a spirit rather than a wine, beer, etc.
3. (of a drug such as heroin, morphine, or cocaine) highly addictive
4. Physics (of radiation, such as gamma rays and X-rays) having high energy and the ability to penetrate solids
5. Physics (of a vacuum) almost complete
6. Chiefly US (of goods) durable
7. politically extreme
8. Brit a roadway across a foreshore

hard

[härd]
(materials)
Quality of a material that is compact, solid, and difficult to deform.
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In contrast, scientists are not politically organized, live in urban areas, and can be hard put to explain their work in lay language.
Competitors will be very hard put indeed to find anything to feel cheerful about in Tesco's interims
We [SCLC] must move now, or else [be] hard put in the not too distant future, to justify our existence.
Some of the foreign companies have been finding it difficult to persuade their Indian partners to come up with the necessary 74% equity, while others have been hard put to find new partners that can initially invest a minimum of $17.
Setting up computer banks for high-speed servers and communication hardware is not cheap, and because smaller vendors will be hard put to finance such a venture, it seems likely that the wave of consolidation that has shrunk the industry for nearly a decade will accelerate.
One would be hard put to decide which is more amazing -- to reveal one's private life so intimately to a total stranger (the pseudocabdriver) or to agree blithely to allow this outpouring to be shown to an audience.
Tanner, after quoting Bell, comments, "It is little wonder that, almost forty years after Bell issued her challenge, Miltonists are still hard put to find the vocabulary she calls for" (28).
And in many areas of the world, people taking home good paychecks from newly created jobs or who manage companies that are hard put to keep up with the demand for new wood products will agree with her.
So far, however, the pro-business sector is hard put to identify many other large companies with greatly increased workforces.
But most people are hard put to imagine say, successfully sniffing their way blinfolded to the grocery store.
Indeed, the overconscientious (by the standards of that time) physician who looked for some published discussion on organizing medical services better would be hard put to find any.
Lately, even the spies sometimes seem hard put to define what "national security" is.