hard·​case | \ ˈhärd-ˈkās \

Definition of hardcase

 (Entry 1 of 2)

hard case

\ ˈhärd-ˌkās \

Definition of hard case (Entry 2 of 2)

: a tough or hardened person

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But in fact, hard cases involve competing constitutional provisions, values, and precedents, all of which the justices have to weigh. Carolyn Shapiro, Fortune, "Brett Kavanaugh Said Judges Should Just Follow the Law. Here’s Why That’s Bull," 10 July 2018 The existing firms are probably getting all the low-hanging fruit, forcing this hypothetical new funder to look for harder cases that are more expensive. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Billionaires are spending their fortunes reshaping America’s schools. It isn’t working.," 30 Oct. 2018 These were the hardest cases one U.S. official told Fox. Fox News, "Rep. Raul Labrador: Disappointing we couldn't change D.C.," 7 July 2018 These aquatic insects, found worldwide, excrete a sticky silk from their mouths and use it to build a hard case from objects in their habitat, which includes stones, leaves, and shells. National Geographic, "Meet the Bug That Armors Itself With Shells," 23 June 2018 The story of Billy Caldwell suggests that, unusually, a hard case will make good law. The Economist, "High and mighty," 21 June 2018 The Franken case, this was a difficult case, a hard case. Fox News, "Critics too quick to criticize President Trump on North Korea summit?," 13 June 2018 The rain suits are in our hard cases, the heated seat and grips are warming up, and the power windshield is fully extended. David Curcurito, Popular Mechanics, "The 2018 Honda Gold Wing Is History Revved Up," 17 May 2018 For carry-on creatures, Smith recommends a soft-sided carrier (vs. a hard case or whale-size purse) with a waterproof bottom, secure fasteners and good ventilation. Andrea Sachs, chicagotribune.com, "Amid safety concerns, some pet owners embrace alternatives to flying," 30 Apr. 2018

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1896, in the meaning defined above


1836, in the meaning defined above

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to express emotion in a dramatic way

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