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hard time


  • "Hard Times," 1854, vol. i. ch. i
    "Hard Times," 1854, vol. i. ch. i
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hard time a difficulty that can be overcome with effort "we had a hard time getting here","analysts predicted rough sledding for handset makers"
    • n hard time a term served in a maximum security prison
    • ***


  • Frank Herbert Dune
    Frank Herbert Dune
    “People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.”
  • George Burns
    “It's hard for me to get used to these changing times. I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty.”
  • Patty Sheehan
    Patty Sheehan
    “Enjoy the successes that you have, and don't be too hard on yourself when you don't do well. Too many times we beat up on ourselves. Just relax and enjoy it.”
  • Lillian Smith
    Lillian Smith
    “Rich folks always talk hard times.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Can anybody remember when the times were not hard, and money not scarce?”
  • Peace Pilgrim
    “Make food a very incidental part of your life by filling your life so full of meaningful things that you'll hardly have time to think about food.”


In literature:

Hard times follow good times with unerring regularity and certainty; this is in perfect accordance with the rule of compensation.
"Dollars and Sense" by Col. Wm. C. Hunter
So the great issue became a cry of "panic" and a threat of "hard times.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
The poor fellows on the outside had a hard time of it.
"The Land of the Long Night" by Paul du Chaillu
We had a hard time then and we are havin' a hard time now.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
But it's hardly time yet, Janet.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
Stephen and his wife saw hard times after Morely went away.
"Stephen Grattan's Faith" by Margaret M. Robertson
Jim had a rather hard time as well.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Although people groaned over hard times and talked of war, still the town kept a thriving aspect.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
We have had a very hard time.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
The poor boy had a hard time growing accustomed to such companionship.
"Historic Boyhoods" by Rupert Sargent Holland
No doubt she had a hard time of it, poor dear, for I never was easily brought up, perversely preferring to come up in my own way.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
There were two drapers; they were getting around fifty dollars a week before the hard times.
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
He worked us hard, then hard times come when he went to war.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
You must have had a pretty hard time, for you were gone a month.
"Deerfoot in The Mountains" by Edward S. Ellis
He seems to have a hard time of it with his wife.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
The washerwoman stops her mangle to talk about the hard times and the rise of a halfpenny on the loaf.
"Stray Studies from England and Italy" by John Richard Greene
It would have been hard to find a creature so subtle and at the same time so unsophisticated as he.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Lady Luck meanwhile had a hard time keeping up.
"Lady Luck" by Hugh Wiley
Of course they are having a hard time.
"Letters on an Elk Hunt" by Elinore Pruitt Stewart
It cannot be denied that Cyril Blake had rather a hard time of it in the Doctor's study.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey

In poetry:

We read together and forgot
The world about us. Time was not.
Unheeded and unfelt, it fled.
We read and hardly knew we read.
"The End Of The Chapter" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
"As of old time she spake to you, and you hardly heard,
Hardly took heed,
So now also she saith to you, yet another word,
Who is risen indeed.
"Super Flumina Babylonis" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
But aw let 'em do just as they pleease,
Aw'm content tho' mi station is low,
An awm thankful sich hard times as thease
If aw manage to pay what aw owe.
"To Let" by John Hartley
A long time ago, in a land far away,
God's people were slaves, worked hard every day.
Then God said to Moses, "Take Aaron and go
To Pharaoh and say, 'Let them all go!'"
"Moses and Aaron Face the King" by Doris Clore Demaree
And Time flowed on till all the realm forgot
The great King lying on the low chalk hills;
Only the busy water dripping through
His hard white bones knew of him lying there.
"Peace" by Walter James Turner
I had not seen my son's dear face
(He chose the cloister by God's grace)
Since it had come to full flower-time.
I hardly guessed at its perfect prime,
That folded flower of his dear face.
"San Lorenzo Giustiniani's Mother" by Alice Meynell

In news:

Some people, maybe you, might have had a hard time unfriending someone and the person who was unfriended probably didn't take too kindly to that.
As the housing market continues to struggle, homeowners are having a hard time selling their homes for what they owe on them.
AROUND THE WORLD (FOX44) – Mexico, the country is suffering its worst drought in 70-years and hard times have fallen not only on legitimate farmers but also on marijuana growers.
I had a hard time understanding why.
Welfare reform has left America dangerously undefended against hard times.
More recently it's fallen on hard times and is boarded up.
In the early 50's Alfa Romeo was still having a hard time shaking its post-war struggles.
With Washington not showing much leadership these days, states defaulting, and big companies laying off, we may all soon be relying much more on our local economies and communities to get us through hard times.
Wesley Snipes is currently serving three years in prison for tax evasion, and that sort of hard time takes its toll on a man.
You know, I just — I have a really hard time still today.
She had lost her husband three years ago, and was having a hard time with the persistence of her grief.
Portraits Taken by the Writer as a Young Woman (in Hard Times).
You were the blonde with fake boobs and a dark spray tan who gave our Latino waiter a hard time during his lunch shift.
While his immediate family fell on some hard times while William Faulkner was growing up, Faulkner's memory was filled with visits to his grandfather's home, "Big Place".
Woodworker takes bait in hard times, scores with online business.

In science:

Table 3.6: Hardness ratios for each time scale.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
Hardness refers in this context to the exponential growth of the computational resolution time which is observed for all known numerical algorithms.
Dynamics of heuristic optimization algorithms on random graphs
As already mentioned, the construction of a minimal vertex cover is NP-hard, thus requiring exponential time resources.
Dynamics of heuristic optimization algorithms on random graphs
Yet for many NP-hard problems, randomized rounding yields the best approximation known by any polynomial time algorithm .
Randomized Rounding without Solving the Linear Program
The proof of Theorem 5 is not hard once we model the act of juggling randomly as a Markov chain : A discrete-time random process in which the transition probabilities depend only on the current state.
Juggling probabilities
In computer science the transition between an easy and a hard problem is made between polynomial time and exponential time.
Quantum random walks - an introductory overview
In particular, it is a canonical NP-hard problem to determine if a given formula F is satisfiable or not, except for k = 2 when this decision problem is solvable in essentially linear time.
Random MAX SAT, Random MAX CUT, and Their Phase Transitions
Although there are many different definitions of realtime constraints in the literature, we can generally classify them into hard real-time and soft real-time constraints (Jensen 1997).
EPspectra: A Formal Toolkit for Developing DSP Software Applications
Note that if the task is completed with a probability of one, then the system will provide hard real-time constraints.
EPspectra: A Formal Toolkit for Developing DSP Software Applications
We shall also attempt to verify timing constraints considering that the applications developed by EPspectra correspond to time-sensitive systems based on either hard real-time constraints or soft real-time constraints.
EPspectra: A Formal Toolkit for Developing DSP Software Applications
The phase lag structure between the hard and soft X-ray photons observed in GRS 1915+105 and XTE J1550+564 has been said to be “complex” because the phase of the Quasi-Periodic Oscillation fundamental Fourier mode changes with time and because the even and odd harmonics signs behave differentely.
A simple model for the complex lag structure of microquasars
Most of the time, the high energy variability lags behind the low energy emission ; this is the so called “hard-lag”.
A simple model for the complex lag structure of microquasars
The critical value αc ≈ 4.25 for the transition between satisfiability and unsatisfiability coincides with the peak in hardness, i.e. the peak in the running time of an algorithm see, e.g.
Single-solution Random 3-SAT Instances
The median effective exposure times for the soft and hard bands are ≈216 ks and ≈212 ks, respectively.
The Extended Chandra Deep Field-South Survey. Chandra Point-Source Catalogs
Figure 31 shows the single jet trigger rates (at low and high luminosity) for jets reconstructed at the generator level using particles from only the hard scattering (labeled \Signal GenJet") and using generator-level particles from all interactions (labeled \in-time GenJet").
The CMS High Level Trigger