Definition of the hard way
- He found out the hard way that crime doesn't pay.
- She insisted on doing things the hard way.
: not easily penetrated : not easily yielding to pressure
: not capable of being spread : very firm
: having a harsh or acid taste
: with great or utmost effort or energy : strenuously
: in a violent manner : fiercely
: to the full extent
: a thoroughfare for travel or transportation from place to place
: an opening for passage
: the course traveled from one place to another : route
: of, connected with, or constituting an intermediate point on a route
: by a long distance : to a considerable degree or extent : far
: by far : much
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