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  • prep. Close to; near; in proximity to.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. ; close at hand; not far off.


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  • Panecillo; Sucre gained his great victory hard by in 1822.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • I would now, if I could, tell you when I shall be in town, but I am engaged to my Lady Diana Rich, my Lord of Holland's daughter (who lies at a gentlewoman's hard by me for sore eyes), that I will not leave the country till she does.

    The Love Letters of Dorothy Osborne to Sir William Temple, 1652-54

  • Another possibility—pushed hard by casino giant Caesars Entertainment and others—is that the federal government will legalize online poker nationwide and open the market up to much larger websites that operate nationally rather than within a single state.

    Venture Bets on Chance Online Gambling Comes to U.S.

  • I and my companions dined at Fontaine l'Archeveque, hard by Donjeux.

    The Memoirs of the Lord of Joinville

  • But of all ruddy things that morning the brightest were two broad arms of painted wood, which rose from the margin of a yellow cornfield hard by Marlott village.

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles

  • Most of the auction venues were in fact here on Pearl Street, because it was hard by both the wharves and the countinghouses.

    City of Glory

  • He had fortified aposition hard by the engines which we had taken from the Saracens.

    The Memoirs of the Lord of Joinville

  • And hard by it there was a cliffe [Wiehawken] that looked of the colour of a white greene, as though it were either copper or silver myne.

    Henry Hudson

  • On a bright autumn day in September 1944, three airplanes stood side by side on the airdrome hard by Hawker's main assembly plant at Kings - ton.

    The HurricaneStory

  • Neither the great King nor the beauty of Bedfordshire, neither the gorgeous paradise of Marli nor Mistress Osborne's favourite walk 'in the common that lay hard by the house, where a great many young wenches used to keep sheep and cows and sit in the shade singing of ballads,' is anything to us.

    The Love Letters of Dorothy Osborne to Sir William Temple, 1652-54


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  • Close at hand; not far off.

    December 21, 2007