from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Fixed; rigid.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Rigid; inflexible; obstinate.


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  • Continue funding shuttle with an extension until at least 2012, but not hard-set like it is now.

    Dear Mr. Augustine - NASA Watch

  • There is no hard-set rule on what land can be developed; in general, virgin forest cannot, farmland can.

    Golf in Greece: a Byzantine ordeal

  • He has a fiery intensity to his stare that seems to radiate throughout his hard-set face.

    The Dawn Patrol (1930)

  • There wasn't any you know hard-set wage, nothing like that.

    CNN Transcript Dec 12, 2008

  • The hard-set mouth seemed to admonish his silence.

    Analog Science Fiction and Fact

  • With all these hard-set lines of thought, or of doctrine (the scabbard of thought, which saves its edge, and keeps it out of mischief), Stephen Anerley was not hard, or stern, or narrow-hearted.

    Mary Anerley

  • He looked at me, with a trembling finger upon his hard-set lips, and the spade in his other hand quivered like a wind vane; but I became as firm as the monument beside me, and my heart, instead of fluttering, grew as steadfast as a glacier.


  • John had been rather bitter with me, which methought was a mark of ill taste at coming home for the holidays; and yet I made allowance for John, because he had never been at school, and never would have chance to eat fry upon condition of spelling it; therefore I rode on, thinking that he was hard-set, like a saw, for his dinner, and would soften after tooth-work.

    Lorna Doone

  • A smile played at the corners of his hard-set mouth.

    Date With Death

  • Chambers, his eyes glassy and hard-set, stared up at Rourke.

    The Doomsayer


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