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hardscrabble

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adjective hard·scrab·ble \ˈhärd-ˌskra-bəl\

Simple Definition of hardscrabble

  • : having poor soil

  • : having harsh and difficult conditions because of poverty

Full Definition of hardscrabble

  1. 1 a :  being or relating to a place of barren or barely arable soil <a hardscrabble farm> <hardscrabble prairies> b :  getting a meager living from poor soil <a hardscrabble farmer>

  2. 2 :  marked by poverty <a hardscrabble cotton town> <a hardscrabble childhood>

Examples of hardscrabble

  1. He lived a hardscrabble life.

  2. <it was hard to eke out even a bare existence on the hardscrabble lands>



1804

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1804

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