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  • interj. Expressed to someone suffering misfortune.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. hardship; difficult conditions.
  • n. hard lot.


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  • This nurse, Miss Grupe, by the way, had a nice German face, and if I had not detected certain hard lines about the mouth I might have expected, as did my companions, to receive but kindness from her.

    Ten Days in a Mad-House

  • Justine kept doggedly to her place at the rail until the wharf was a few hard lines and little pink pinheads in the distance; the Himalaya’s tugs turned her, towed her helplessly under the booming decks of the Sydney Harbor Bridge, out into the mainstream of that exquisite stretch of sunny water.

    The Thorn Birds

  • His eyes were heavy-lidded; his jaw was chiseled, but its hard lines were offset by the subtle beauty of lips sculpted by some demon to lure mortal women into sin.

    A Lady of His Own

  • The Soudanese having been raised through his instrumentality, it seems rather hard lines that he does not come in command, according to the bargain made with him.

    Three Months in the Soudan

  • To-day we mean to communicate to the Princetown people where they should look for their missing man, but it is hard lines that we have not actually had the triumph of bringing him back as our own prisoner.

    The Seriously Deranged Writer and the Model Cars

  • Calendar whistled his surprise and admiration, but the hard lines in Gambier's face only set harder still.

    Flying Colours

  • Actually more like an impish fallen cherub since the guy was probably all of twenty-five, making Daniel's hundred-percent adult male hard lines vibrate tension through the air.

    Strategic Engagement


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