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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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I'm hard put to find a single plus for Hogmanay - it's no more than an boozeathon'
This is the reason why, he trusts, interest rates in Macedonia are the highest in the region while companies are hard put to get to fresh money.
Contrary to how it was in the one-party system, in pluralism Albanians are hard put to it to be elected parliament speakers, heads of state or prime ministers.
On the contrary, the EU integration is blocked and Macedonia is losing the friends it was so hard put to make.
I would be hard put to to find pounds 150 in my bank account.
I live near Dayton, Ohio, and I'm hard put to find real conservatives here: the local ones tend to be market-rules-all quasi-conservatives.
Unfortunately in many places it does not read well in the English translation; in fact, at times one is hard put to know what the text means.
YOU may have seen his face on screen but most cinemagoers will probably be hard put to put a name to it - though that's okay as far as John C Reilly is concerned.
By Bob Ellis George Bush will be hard put persuading three, four or five thousand American soldiers, marines and reservists who have already been there to go back to Iraq this year, to face 4 million Sunnis displeased by the Saddam hanging.
You'd be hard put to find a bigger selection of cruelty-free men's shoes, including sandals, athletic shoes, work and casual boots, and an array of dress shoes in black, brown, and even navy for some styles.
At first sight, the casual visitor today would be hard put to detect evidence of obvious architectural activity in the market, a tribute to the architect's light touch.
One would be hard put to explain, however, how a final decisionmaker, here the Tax Court judge, would give "[d]ue regard" to, and "presum[e] to be correct," an opinion the judge collaborated in producing.