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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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He did not want Mary Ann, now a woman hard upon middle age with a sharp tongue, to catch them in a compromising position.
It was better than he dreamed, and, before he knew it, he was hard upon the pigeon.
And then there came a blinding flash, which showed me my uncle plainly, just where I had fancied him to stand; and hard upon the heels of it, a great tow-row of thunder.
Let's take the most recent benefit fraud outrage panic, prompted by the release of some latest figures by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) hard upon the manslaughter trial revelations of benefit scrounger Mick Philpott.
ISLAMABAD -- Senators from treasury benches have come hard upon interior minister Rehman Malik for banning motorcycle riding saying the ban is unconstitutional and uncalled for and no minister is federation in an individual position.
The idea of drink will be maintained by means of the Jewish stage, Jewish jazz and the Jewish comics until somebody comes down hard upon it as being incentive of treason to the Constitution.
These dangerous Russian games of chicken are now regular occurrences and come hard upon a Russian threat in March to aim nuclear missiles at Danish warships if Denmark joins NATO's missile defence system.
It is our hope that by transitioning to an online platform we will be able to increase readers' access to our authors' work, and thus improve the reach and impact of the research our authors work so hard upon.
The Minister stressed that the Government is working hard upon draft laws that would prevent corruption schemes.
This phraseology seems rather unfortunate, and when the author writes that 'unless the High Court bit hard upon the native-title bullet, no politician would' (p.
I say now that there are aspects of the evidence given by each of these persons which has caused me to reflect long and hard upon their credibility, accuracy and reliability.
In his judgement, Mr Justice Williams said: "I say now that there are aspects of the evidence given by each of these persons which has caused me to reflect long and hard upon their credibility, accuracy and reliability.