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hard·​case ˈhärd-ˈkās How to pronounce hardcase (audio)

hard case

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: a tough or hardened person

Examples of hardcase in a Sentence

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The hard case shell is also waterproof, shockproof, and resistant to scratches. L. Daniela Alvarez, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Aug. 2023 Channeling Vuitton’s very first flat trunk, a hard case introduced in the 1850s, the vibrant polychrome necklace pictured here features subtle portmanteau motifs throughout. Jenny Hartman, wsj.com, 19 Apr. 2023 For hard cases, this one has a pretty impressive waterproofing depth: 33 feet (10 meters). Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 3 Mar. 2023 This classic clamshell-closure hard case made of rugged coated canvas is a longtime favorite among Madewell fans, available in various styles over time. Alesandra Dubin, Travel + Leisure, 11 July 2023 On Friday, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada announced the investigation and arrived in St. John’s lugging duffel bags and hard cases emblazoned with its name or initials. Ian Austen, New York Times, 24 June 2023 In an interview with The Times, Adams defended his record — noting that he’s taken on hard cases throughout his career, which makes criticism inevitable. Liam Dillon, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2023 Choose from 16 colors in the soft silicon frame; the glasses also come with both soft and hard cases, as well as glasses cleaner wipe, strap, and tiny screwdriver. Rena Behar, Travel + Leisure, 29 June 2023 One tester brought these glasses on a four-hour flight from Toronto to Calgary and back, swapping them between hard case, soft case, coat pockets, and a backpack, and found no scratches, smudging, or warping thanks to the Fold’s flexible frame and impact-resistant lenses. Phillip Dwight Morgan, Outside Online, 18 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1896, in the meaning defined above


1836, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hardcase was in 1836

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“Hardcase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardcase. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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