from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Badly or adversely affected: "Official rescue and recovery efforts were ... just getting underway in this ravaged port city and more than a dozen other hard-hit towns” ( R. Jeffrey Smith).


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  • In baseball, “he really clocked it” refers to the hard-hit ball; in football, “he really clocked him” is said over the sprawled-out form of the well-tackled runner.

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • But Mr. Donovan's push for a settlement of at least $25 billion always relied on delivering as many attorneys general as possible, particularly in hard-hit states like California and Florida.

    A Glimpse at Four Key Players in the Settlement

  • Daimler shares were hard-hit during last year's stock market rout, but regained some ground since the beginning of the year amid a gradual recovery of the overall market.

    Daimler Expects Rapid Sales Growth

  • With the dust still settling, some suggest natural resource firms may not be so hard-hit.

    Peru's Miners Fear Higher Taxes

  • And it's not too early to start looking for Catholic "surrogates" who can help translate the president's flailing economic agenda into terms that middle class White and Hispanic church-goers in swing districts, hard-hit by recession and joblessness, can readily understand, and embrace.

    Stewart J. Lawrence: Could Newt Gingrich Win the "Catholic" Vote?

  • Rep. Bob Filner, a Democrat who has been in office since 1993 and represents a California district that runs Mexico's border from suburban San Diego to the Arizona state line, is heavily favored for re-election, drawing much of his support from hard-hit Imperial County, which is saddled with the nation's highest unemployment rate – 30.4 percent in August.

    Election Paradox: House Candidates From Hardest-Hit Regions Are Safer

  • Male-dominated industries (construction, finance, manufacturing) have been particularly hard-hit, while sectors that disproportionately employ women (education, health care) have held up relatively well.

    How a New Jobless Era Will Transform America

  • By 1956, when Bordeaux was particularly hard-hit by frosts, it was virtually forgotten, consigned by some as a poor-quality blending partner.

    The Future of Malbec

  • Also, Anton Trioanovski discusses new data indicating that the hard-hit commercial office market is showing signs of stabilizing.

    Bank of Japan Tries New Policies

  • In recent weeks he's been to hard-hit Ohio, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina and South Carolina -- all places where the president's popularity is in deep decline.

    'Terrifying Numbers for Democrats'


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