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

  • adj. Effective; forceful.

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  • adj. Aggressively vigorous or forceful

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. characterized by or full of force and vigor; forceful.
  • adj. aggressive. Opposite of unaggressive.

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

  • adj. characterized by or full of force and vigor
  • adj. aggressively and persistently persuasive


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  • He can play the daylights out of full-on postbop or explore north-Euro ambience, but he calls his hard-hitting Karma fusion group his "grunge band" – a misnomer for a rare splicing of rich-toned, pipe-like themes, fiercely guttural up-tempo tenor improv, Arabic and Irish music, and tight grooving.

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  • Known as a hard-hitting defensive back during his 12-year career, Proudfoot experienced repeated head trauma, according to the CFL's Alumni Association.

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  • "That's the plan," said Jayshawn, who also plays running back but is best known as a hard-hitting defensive back.

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  • His preaching is conservative and frequently hard-hitting, often focusing on themes of obedience, sin, and deliverance.

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  • Aside from vague rhetoric about “the Party of No” which is not nearly hard-hitting enough (and also getting annoying), they really need to make a straightforward case that Republicans do not care about the well-being of the country.

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  • Increased exposure and professionalism have dovetailed to produce bona fide stars—people young players can identify with—not least among them England's hard-hitting batter Claire Taylor.

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  • Mr. Carter, who died Thursday at age 57 nearly nine months after being diagnosed with brain cancer, was a hard-hitting catcher who helped the New York Mets win the 1986 World Series.

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  • The announcement comes as somewhat of a surprise after The Office creator and UK series star delivered a hard-hitting monologue last year that included zingers aimed at Hugh Hefner, Charlie Sheen, the cast of Sex and the City 2 and Scientologists.

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  • The deciding set was warfare, and though the pair exchanged early breaks, they found themselves engaged in lengthy, hard-hitting rallies and chasing every ball with legs fueled by determination.

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  • Mr. Gingrich made clear he plans to cast himself as the hard-hitting insurgent.

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