Definition of hardscrabble
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 : marked by poverty a hardscrabble cotton town a hardscrabble childhood
Examples of hardscrabble in a Sentence
He lived a hardscrabble life.
it was hard to eke out even a bare existence on the hardscrabble lands
Recent Examples of hardscrabble from the Web
But the film's standout may be Squires, a previously unknown 28-year-old who in interviews has spoken about her own hardscrabble upbringing.
Ann Mah, under the spell of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels, went to the Italian port city to track down the hardscrabble neighborhood where Ferrante’s characters Lenù and Lila grew up.
Her hardscrabble mom in Gone Baby Gone got an Oscar nod, but as quirky Holly on The Office, her Yoda voice won Michael’s heart.
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HARDSCRABBLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hardscrabble for English Language Learners
: having poor soil
: having harsh and difficult conditions because of poverty
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