the hard way

Definition of the hard way

:in a way that involves difficult or painful experiences
  • He found out the hard way that crime doesn't pay.
  • She insisted on doing things the hard way.

Word by Word Definitions

hard play
  1. : not easily penetrated : not easily yielding to pressure

  2. : not capable of being spread : very firm

  3. : having a harsh or acid taste

  1. : with great or utmost effort or energy : strenuously

  2. : in a violent manner : fiercely

  3. : to the full extent

way play
  1. : a thoroughfare for travel or transportation from place to place

  2. : an opening for passage

  3. : the course traveled from one place to another : route

  1. : of, connected with, or constituting an intermediate point on a route

  1. : by a long distance : to a considerable degree or extent : far

  2. : by far : much

  3. : very


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