hardscrabble [ hahrd-skrab-uhl ]
1. providing or yielding meagerly in return for much effort; demanding or unrewarding: the hardscrabble existence of mountainside farmers.
Origin: An Americanism dating back to 1795–1805; hard + scrabble
HOW TO USE HARDSCRABBLE IN A SENTENCE
I didn’t have a hardscrabble upbringing in the sense of deep poverty.
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Their harrowing escape to Erbil has ended in a precarious and hardscrabble existence.
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But this hardscrabble, prairie town, with its population of 5,000 people, cast its charm on Ballantine.
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For many fans, her hardscrabble youth and rough-and-tumble style were viewed as endearing strengths.
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