hard-earned

hardˈ-earned adjective
Earned through hard work or with difficulty
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hard-earned UK [ˈhɑː(r)dˌɜː(r)nd] US [ˈhɑrdˌɜrnd] adjective
earned or achieved only after a lot of effort

hard-earned money

Thesaurus: difficult to do and involving a lot of effortsynonym

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adj. having taken a great deal of effort to earn or acquire

my few hard-earned dollars mean a lot to my family

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adj [more \hard-earned; most \hard-earned]
: achieved or acquired through a lot of effort or hard work

Someone stole all her hard-earned money.

a hard-earned victory

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ˌhard-ˈearned [hard-earned] adjective
that you get only after a lot of work and effort

hard-earned cash

We finally managed a hard-earned draw.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • hard-earned — adj [only before noun] earned or achieved after a lot of effort hard earned money/cash etc ▪ Don t be too quick to part with your hard earned cash. ▪ a hard earned victory …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hard-earned — [ hard,ɜrnd ] adjective earned or achieved only after a lot of effort: hard earned money …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hard-earned — UK [ˈhɑː(r)dˌɜː(r)nd] / US [ˈhɑrdˌɜrnd] adjective earned or achieved only after a lot of effort hard earned money …   English dictionary

  • hard-earned — adj. Hard earned is used with these nouns: ↑cash, ↑money, ↑win …   Collocations dictionary

  • hard-earned — /ˈhad ɜnd/ (say hahd ernd) noun Colloquial money. {shortened form of hard earned cash} …   Australian English dictionary

  • hard earned — Synonyms and related words: Herculean, abstruse, arduous, backbreaking, brutal, burdensome, complex, critical, crushing, delicate, demanding, difficile, difficult, effortful, exacting, forced, formidable, grueling, hairy, hard, hard fought, heavy …   Moby Thesaurus

  • hard — [härd] adj. [ME < OE heard, akin to Ger hart < IE base * kar , hard > Gr karyon, nut, kratos, strength] 1. not easily dented, pierced, cut, or crushed; resistant to pressure; firm and unyielding to the touch; rigid; solid and compact 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • Hard — Hard, adv. [OE. harde, AS. hearde.] 1. With pressure; with urgency; hence, diligently; earnestly. [1913 Webster] And prayed so hard for mercy from the prince. Dryden. [1913 Webster] My father Is hard at study; pray now, rest yourself. Shak. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hard by — Hard Hard, adv. [OE. harde, AS. hearde.] 1. With pressure; with urgency; hence, diligently; earnestly. [1913 Webster] And prayed so hard for mercy from the prince. Dryden. [1913 Webster] My father Is hard at study; pray now, rest yourself. Shak.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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