Definition of hardscrabble
- a hardscrabble farm
- hardscrabble prairies
- a hardscrabble farmer
- a hardscrabble cotton town
- a hardscrabble childhood
He lived a hardscrabble life.
it was hard to eke out even a bare existence on the hardscrabble lands
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: having poor soil
: having harsh and difficult conditions because of poverty
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to emit the high shrill tone of bagpipes
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