from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In plastering, the third coat in a series of three, consisting of fine stuff layered on to the depth of about one eighth of an inch and well troweled.


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  • The greatest merit of director Angus Jackson's production is designer Anthony Ward's permanent set and carefully researched costumes, and Mark Henderson's lighting, which recreate the beautiful, hard-finish of the melancholy world of Edward Hopper's eerie paintings.

    A Slow 'Rocket' That Struggles to Take Off

  • A pale hard-finish coat that did not carry the gold overtones of most varnishes let the warm red-oak tones shine through.

    The Magic of Recluce

  • That same year, the family moved into their new brick house of fifteen rooms, with hard-finish plaster walls and light green woodwork, the finest house in that part of the country.

    Susan B. Anthony Rebel, Crusader, Humanitarian

  • His cheeks and his forehead seemed in their smoothness as if coated with some impermeable and indestructible hard-finish.

    With the Procession

  • Whyland's face had already begun to take on the peculiar hard-finish that follows upon success -- success reached in a certain way.

    Under the Skylights

  • All of 'em got down and wriggled on the floor in front of that hard-finish god, and then sneaked off through the woods again.



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