hard-driv·​ing ˈhär(d)-ˈdrī-viŋ How to pronounce hard-driving (audio)
: intensely ambitious, energetic, or hardworking

Examples of hard-driving in a Sentence

she's the most hard-driving malpractice lawyer I've ever seen
Recent Examples on the Web That’s especially true of striving and hard-driving institutional leaders; just look to Washington D.C. Emma Goldberg Sarah Mollo-Christensen Tanya Pérez Sharon Kearney, New York Times, 9 May 2024 Large city agencies are naturally resistant to change, new demands, and hard-driving bosses. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2024 But the hard-working band is getting some help this year from My Morning Jacket — the similarly incendiary live act that mashes hard-driving guitars, wailing vocals and county twang into cosmically beautiful tunes. John Wenzel, The Denver Post, 25 Mar. 2024 Belichick was notoriously stony and hard-driving, with a conservative play-calling approach; Saban was dynamic and fiery. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 13 Jan. 2024 Jacques Delors, a hard-driving French politician who as the European Union’s executive for a decade became the chief architect of a more unified Europe and the father of Europe’s common currency, the euro, died on Wednesday at his home in Paris. Paul Lewis, New York Times, 27 Dec. 2023 The larger-than-life characters who become celebrity CEOs in Silicon Valley are sometimes tech wizards and sometimes hard-driving business builders, but always the focus of intense debates about their goals, motives and methods. Nitasha Tiku, Washington Post, 23 Dec. 2023 Simmons won an Oscar for his portrayal of the hard-driving music professor in Damien Chazelle’s acclaimed drama Whiplash, one of the actor’s many accolades for the role. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Dec. 2023 So hard-driving hunters like Ms. Siewe, 46, who until 2019 sold real estate in Indiana, have struck out on their own, becoming full-time guides who teach newbies how to find and euthanize Burmese pythons. Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, 12 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hard-driving was in 1815

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“Hard-driving.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard-driving. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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: extremely ambitious, energetic, or hardworking
a hard-driving salesperson
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