from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The most dedicated, unfailingly loyal faction of a group or organization: the hard core of the separatist movement.
- n. An intractable core or nucleus of a society, especially one that is stubbornly resistant to improvement or change.
- n. A form of exceptionally harsh punk rock.
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- n. the most dedicated and intensely loyal nucleus of a group or movement
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Since news organizations from around the world could arrange for their journalists and crews to cover Tora Bora, it is puzzling why the U.S. military could not have put more soldiers on the ground to entrap the hard core of al-Qaeda.
A hard core of such women—estimated by sociologists Martin Rein and Lee Rainwater to number about 750,000—stay on AFDC for as many as twelve years at a stretch.
But Pelopidas had organized a hard core of rebels to remain stationed before the gates, and Calepios had a tent pitched where, he told the joyous mob, he would wait until the Spartans accepted his invitation to leave.
Crumpton countered that taking on the al-Qaeda hard core hiding out in Tora Bora was not the same as defeating the Taliban: This was different, this was a high mountain stronghold heavily defended.
John wrote speeches warning against a sure-to-return government, a government of the power classes, a government to whom we will never surrender, we Americans possessing within us a hard core that will serve us well, loyal to our king, we will never give up.
(T-34/85 in the Guards tank armies) fanned out around a hard core of the slower-moving JS's (usually about two bat - talions or less in strength, i.e., thirty to forty tanks) with their long-barrelled