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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
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hard

[härd]
(materials)
Quality of a material that is compact, solid, and difficult to deform.
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Paul Flynn showed obvious disbelief when he was booked, while Jonny Cooper got a second yellow and his marching orders at a vital stage in the game when he and his marker Brian Hurley were jostling for possession, both players going hard for the ball.
Australia paceman Mitchell Starc was the first man to claim Bell's wicket this series with an lbw decision at Cardiff and he says the tourists will be "going hard" at the experienced righthander once again.
AUSTRALIA paceman Mitchell Starc - the first man to claim Ian Bell's wicket this series with an lbw decision at Cardiff - says the tourists will be "going hard" at the experienced right-hander again.
"After that, we can think about holidays or whatever but we have two games to play, two Tests, and we will be going hard.
And we have to keep going hard at it in every game.
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Every single play, he's going hard - every single time.