from The Century Dictionary.

  • Vigorously contested: as, a hard-fought battle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Vigorously contested by both opponents; -- of contests.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective requiring great effort


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