hard·​head | \ ˈhärd-ˌhed How to pronounce hardhead (audio) \

Definition of hardhead

1a : a hardheaded person
2 plural hardheads also hardhead : any of several fishes especially with a spiny or bony head especially : atlantic croaker

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a hardhead who has to learn every life lesson the hard way
Recent Examples on the Web Beijing’s hardheads know the coronavirus has compounded the damage to China’s economy from earlier domestic policy settings hostile to the private sector, and from the trade war with America. The Economist, "The world after covid-19 By invitation: Kevin Rudd on America, China and saving the WHO," 15 Apr. 2020 And there might have been a hardhead or two landed as well. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Bay food chain comes to life with tide change," 14 Apr. 2018 Cops are empiricist hardheads prone to mystical hunch. James Ellroy, Vanities, "James Ellroy’s Buzz M for Murder," 7 Oct. 2017 Mark your calendars, HARDheads, and check the teaser trailer below. Kat Bein, Billboard, "MTV Honors 10 Years of HARD With Documentary," 9 June 2017

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First Known Use of hardhead

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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27 Apr 2020

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“Hardhead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardhead. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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