hard-earned


hard-earned
hard-earned UK US adjective [before noun]
earned by working very hard: hard-earned cash/money/dollars »

Working families are paying more and more of their hard-earned dollars for their health care.

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The company's attempts to drive down costs have hurt its hard-earned reputation for quality.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • hard-earned — hardˈ earned adjective Earned through hard work or with difficulty • • • Main Entry: ↑hard * * * hard earned UK [ˈhɑː(r)dˌɜː(r)nd] US [ˈhɑrdˌɜrnd] adjective earned or achieved only after a lot of effort hard earned money …   Useful english dictionary

  • hard-earned — adj [only before noun] earned or achieved after a lot of effort hard earned money/cash etc ▪ Don t be too quick to part with your hard earned cash. ▪ a hard earned victory …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hard-earned — [ hard,ɜrnd ] adjective earned or achieved only after a lot of effort: hard earned money …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hard-earned — UK [ˈhɑː(r)dˌɜː(r)nd] / US [ˈhɑrdˌɜrnd] adjective earned or achieved only after a lot of effort hard earned money …   English dictionary

  • hard-earned — adj. Hard earned is used with these nouns: ↑cash, ↑money, ↑win …   Collocations dictionary

  • hard-earned — /ˈhad ɜnd/ (say hahd ernd) noun Colloquial money. {shortened form of hard earned cash} …   Australian English dictionary

  • hard earned — Synonyms and related words: Herculean, abstruse, arduous, backbreaking, brutal, burdensome, complex, critical, crushing, delicate, demanding, difficile, difficult, effortful, exacting, forced, formidable, grueling, hairy, hard, hard fought, heavy …   Moby Thesaurus

  • hard — [härd] adj. [ME < OE heard, akin to Ger hart < IE base * kar , hard > Gr karyon, nut, kratos, strength] 1. not easily dented, pierced, cut, or crushed; resistant to pressure; firm and unyielding to the touch; rigid; solid and compact 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • Hard — Hard, adv. [OE. harde, AS. hearde.] 1. With pressure; with urgency; hence, diligently; earnestly. [1913 Webster] And prayed so hard for mercy from the prince. Dryden. [1913 Webster] My father Is hard at study; pray now, rest yourself. Shak. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hard by — Hard Hard, adv. [OE. harde, AS. hearde.] 1. With pressure; with urgency; hence, diligently; earnestly. [1913 Webster] And prayed so hard for mercy from the prince. Dryden. [1913 Webster] My father Is hard at study; pray now, rest yourself. Shak.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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