American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Tightfisted; stingy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having hard or strong hands, as a laborer.
- Close-fisted; covetous.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having hard or strong hands.
- adj. Close-fisted; covetous; niggardly.
- adj. unwilling to part with money
“The most characteristic thing about Kipling is his love of actuality, his intense practicality, his proper and necessary respect for the hard-headed, hard-fisted fact.”
“The rebel defeat echoes the experiences of other nations, from Colombia to Russia, where hard-fisted tactics defeated extremist foes.”
“Weary of war and the hard-fisted neo-Taliban, they yearn for something a little better for their children, just as Canadians do.”
“His friends have seen, more than once, coming from his private office some of the hard-fisted men of toil in his employ, with tears streaming down their faces.”
“Mr. Putin's hard-fisted rule today bookends his earlier career with the Soviet Union's state security apparatus, the KGB.”
“Perhaps because my life began there — there lie the years of my youth: dreamy hard-fisted years that stood their watch backwards across the seas; the years when muscles in the upper arm and the solar plexus grew and hardened in the endless shovel-play.”
“He glories in his hard-fisted forefathers, of the iron girdle and the handful of oat-meal, who rode so swiftly and lived so sparely on their raids.”
““No, but a hard-fisted fellow is the only man that will suit my daughter.””
“But The Hague's hard-fisted policies aroused a strong international reaction not only among newly independent Asian countries, such as India, but also among members of the UN Security Council, including the United States.”
“Bertha was a good-natured romp, hard-fisted, thick of leg, and of a plodding but ineffectual industry.”
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