: profoundly stricken : affected in an especially negative way
one of the industries particularly hard-hit during the downturn

Examples of hard-hit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But neither did many students, whose communities were hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Yana Kunichoff, The Arizona Republic, 16 Apr. 2024 One group particularly hard-hit by the lack of housing options is women age 50 and older who are widowed or divorced and living alone, Thurmond-Quinlan said in an interview after the meeting. Doug Thompson, arkansasonline.com, 10 Apr. 2024 The Hale, however, sits in an area particularly hard-hit by changes to the economy following the pandemic and a massive shift to remote working. Joe Rubin, Sacramento Bee, 25 Mar. 2024 China, hard-hit by the pandemic and a restrictive zero-COVID policy as well as a trade feud with the U.S., nonetheless ended 2023 with the second-highest GDP growth among OECD countries. Martin Reeves, Fortune, 29 Jan. 2024 The extraordinary event saw the workers-cum-asylum seekers and an IDF artillery unit stationed on the outskirts of this southern kibbutz, which was hard-hit in the Hamas invasion, break bread together. Etgar Lefkovits, Sun Sentinel, 17 Jan. 2024 The new program, created by the Living Classrooms Foundation, brings crisis response and resources into two Baltimore neighborhoods to help stabilize communities hard-hit by gun violence. Darcy Costello, Baltimore Sun, 3 Jan. 2024 Every ward experienced at least one homicide, according to police data, though Wards 7 and 8, both east of the Anacostia River, were particularly hard-hit. Emily Davies, Washington Post, 19 Dec. 2023 Midwest could be hard-hit The analysis also examines which regions of the U.S. could face climate migration in the coming decades, and, perhaps surprisingly, Midwestern states including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio face some of the highest risks, the study found. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 18 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hard-hit was in 1826

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“Hard-hit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard-hit. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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