: gained by great effort

Examples of hard-won in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fans and those in the industry who have been rooting for Hill know her peace is hard-won. Melena Ryzik, New York Times, 20 Apr. 2024 After telling the audience about her childhood dreams, Cher addressed how her success in music was hard-won. Sadie Bell, Peoplemag, 2 Apr. 2024 No matter how devastating these stories get, what binds all of them together is a sense of hope — stubborn, hard-won, fainter at certain times than others but always undeniably there. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Mar. 2024 One, that Stewart’s very un-Hollywood lack of a mean streak is nonetheless hard-won, the result of a long, painful process of forgiving both himself and his father—in other words, of dealing with his own daddy issues. WIRED, 3 Oct. 2023 For Lee, Nowon was hard-won, though rather meteorically. Shauna Lyon, The New Yorker, 29 Sep. 2023 But the federal recognition was hard-won, having come after a wave of unrest among workers and labor activists brought the issue of workers' rights into public view. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 4 Sep. 2023 In a state where political decisions are often a balancing act among factions — from progressives to pro-development Democrats to powerful labor unions — some worry that the rush to rebuild will shred hard-won environmental and cultural protections. Shawn Hubler, New York Times, 21 Aug. 2023 The final passages of ‘Passages’ feel at once sad and inevitable, suffused with a wisdom that, for Martin and Agathe, feels both hard-edged and hard-won. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1586, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hard-won was in 1586

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“Hard-won.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard-won. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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