hard times


hard times
noun
a time of difficulty (Freq. 1)
Hypernyms: ↑time

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hard times — see hard, 1
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Main Entry:time

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Hard Times [Hard Times]
a novel (1845) by Charles Dickens. It tells how Thomas Gradgrind, a tough ↑businessman, tries to bring up his children according to strict principles, and realizes too late that his very practical character has made their lives unhappy.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.