: requiring a lot of effort or hard work
He won a hard-fought campaign for reelection.
: achieved or acquired through a lot of effort or hard work
a hard-fought victory/triumph

Examples of hard-fought in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There were real achievements — new legislation and restrictions from the city and the state, and in both the Police and Fire Departments — hard-fought and eked out with public pressure, but not always as fast or far-reaching as activists may have wanted. Audra D. S. Burch, New York Times, 15 Sep. 2023 Neither player has the kind of strokes powerful enough to dominate the other, so dominance will be hard-fought and will likely come from spin, variation, and placement. Corey Seymour, Vogue, 14 July 2023 Maya Rosen and Katie Gaw won a hard-fought 6-4, 4-6, 10-6 battle at second doubles for the Wildcats. Colin McCarthy, BostonGlobe.com, 12 June 2023 Few doubt that the road of successful advocacy on such an emotive and hard-fought issue is long and hard. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 May 2023 In a way, Christian Lundgaard was disappointed his first IndyCar podium came on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course last July – because as hard-fought as his first top-7 finish had been with Rahal Letterman Lanigan, the Danish driver was worried about being labeled a one-trick pony. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 12 May 2023 But what was hard-fought then still reverberates today as writers once-again picket in L.A. and New York to demand a fair contract, building upon what was at stake in 2007 and 2008. Carlos De Loera, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2023 Kicking the habit was hard-fought, and the physical cravings had finally disappeared. Lukas Harnisch, BostonGlobe.com, 5 May 2023 The first three games were draws, but each one was highly tense and hard-fought. Dylan Loeb McClain, New York Times, 30 Apr. 2023 See More

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“Hard-fought.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard-fought. Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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