from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Earning a bare subsistence, as on the land; marginal: the sharecropper's hardscrabble life.
- n. Barren or marginal farmland.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or pertaining to land that takes a lot of work in order to farm and even then is not very productive.
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- adj. barely satisfying a lower standard
hard + scrabble (Wiktionary)