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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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[härd]
(materials)
Quality of a material that is compact, solid, and difficult to deform.
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When he departed at the top of his speed with thirty-two golden sovereigns of my own hard-earned savings it was the last straw.
They threw hard-earned handfuls of road-grit upon the flames, which accepted them with enthusiasm.
Presiding a meeting held to review the performance of District Overseas Pakistanis Committees of Lahore Division via video link here at Civil Secretariat, he said the overseas Pakistanis invest their hard-earned money for the prosperity of their motherland so it was our duty to safeguard their interests.
Summary: New Delhi [India], June 29 (ANI): The Congress party on Saturday slammed the Central government for reducing interest rates on small savings schemes, saying the move was aimed at "snatching" hard-earned savings of the people.
Islamabad -- A citizen is running from pillar to post to get back his hard-earned money from a fake investment company, according to an application submitted by the victim with the FIA officials.
Overseas Pakistanis invest their hard-earned money in Housing Sector but, in return, they face multiple problems, he added.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, he he described the victory as hard-earned noting that the governor overcame anti-democratic forces.
SIALKOT -- Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested two travel agents for allegedly depriving citizens of their hard-earned money fraudulently.
Now after almost 11 years, I fear that my hard-earned amount of nearly a million and a half rupees will go waste because there is no development work at the housing scheme yet.
'Ang sa kanya basta alagaan at mahalin ako, at ang important sa kanya is for as long as he doesn't use us mama and he doesn't get the hard-earned money that you have, I'm okay,' she said at the recent press conference of her upcoming comeback film 'I Love You Hater'
We have achieved our hard-earned independence through huge sacrifices.
'This is the value of my hard-earned assets which came from my sweat while I served as a civil servant for more than 10 years," she said.