hardscrabble

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adjective hard·scrab·ble \ˈhärd-ˌskra-bəl\

Definition of hardscrabble

  1. 1a :  being or relating to a place of barren or barely arable soil a hardscrabble farm hardscrabble prairiesb :  getting a meager living from poor soil a hardscrabble farmer

  2. 2 :  marked by poverty a hardscrabble cotton town a hardscrabble childhood

Examples of hardscrabble in a sentence

  1. He lived a hardscrabble life.

  2. <it was hard to eke out even a bare existence on the hardscrabble lands>

1879

First Known Use of hardscrabble

1879


HARDSCRABBLE Defined for English Language Learners

hardscrabble

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adjective hard·scrab·ble \ˈhärd-ˌskra-bəl\

Definition of hardscrabble for English Language Learners

  • : having poor soil

  • : having harsh and difficult conditions because of poverty



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