As the doctor completed an examination of the patient, he said:
- I can"t find a cause for your complaint. Frankly, I think it"s due to drinking.
- In that case, - said the patient, - I"ll come back when you"re sober.
and fast adj. (of a rule or distinction) definite, unalterable, strict.
- cash n. Negotiable coins and banknotes.
- copy n. Material printed by a computer on paper.
- core n. - irreducible nucleus.
- colloq. A the most committed members of a society etc. B conservative or reactionary minority (see also *hardcore).
- disk n. Computing large-capacity rigid usu. Magnetic storage disk.
- labour n. Heavy manual work as a punishment, esp. In a prison.
- line n. Unyielding adherence to a policy. hard-liner n.
- luck n. Worse fortune than one deserves.
- of hearing adj. Somewhat deaf.
- pad n. Form of distemper in dogs etc.
- palate n. Front part of the palate.
- roe see *roe1.
- sell n. Aggressive salesmanship.
- shoulder n. Hard surface alongside a motorway for stopping on in an emergency.
- tack n. Naut. Ship's biscuit.
- up adj. Short of money.
- —adj. - (of a substance etc.) Firm and solid.
- a difficult to understand, explain, or accomplish. B (foll. By to + infin.) Not easy to (hard to please).
- difficult to bear (a hard life).
- unfeeling; severely critical.
- (of a season or the weather) severe.
- unpleasant to the senses, harsh (hard colours).
- a strenuous, enthusiastic, intense (a hard worker). B severe, uncompromising (a hard bargain). C polit. Extreme; most radical (the hard right).
- a (of liquor) strongly alcoholic. B (of drugs) potent and addictive. C (of pornography) highly obscene.
- (of water) containing mineral salts that make lathering difficult. 10 established; not disputable (hard facts). 11 (of currency, prices, etc.) High; not likely to fall in value. 12 (of a consonant) guttural (as c in cat, g in go). —adv. Strenuously, intensely, copiously (try hard; raining hard). be hard on 1 be difficult for.
- be severe in one's treatment or criticism of.
- be unpleasant to (the senses). Be hard put to it (usu. Foll. By to + infin.) Find it difficult. Hard by close by. Hard on (or upon) close to in pursuit etc. hardish adj. Hardness n. [old english]
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