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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj hard-fought requiring great effort "a hard-fought primary"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a hard-fought Vigorously contested by both opponents; -- of contests; as, a hard-fought battle; a hard-fought primary election.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hard-fought Vigorously contested: as, a hard-fought battle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Hard-fought sorely contested
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. heard; Dut. hard, Ger. hart, Goth. hardus; allied to Gr. kratys, strong.


In literature:

On the 13th of January, 1849, Lord Gough fought a very hardly contested battle at Chilianwala.
"The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir" by Sir James McCrone Douie
Both sides fought well, but the English pressed the Northmen hard, and drove them backward until they came to the river Derwent.
"Stories from English History" by Hilda T. Skae
Against this conclusion Howe fought hard.
"The Tribune of Nova Scotia" by W. L. (William Lawson) Grant
They had travelled far, worked hard, and fought bravely.
"The War in South Africa" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Its admiral was the Venetian Barbarigo, a veteran of many a hard-fought campaign.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
The latter fought hard, but had to yield in the end.
"The Young Bank Messenger" by Horatio Alger
And there were the Chi Yis, who fought society hard and always had their picture taken for the college annual in dress suits.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
They had surrendered after a hard-fought fight, and they died as gallant seamen die.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
I fought for my life as hard as I could; but law is not justice, Mary.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
And yet Deveny fought hard for composure.
"'Drag' Harlan" by Charles Alden Seltzer
Her lips trembled, her color came and went as the angels, good and bad, fought hard for victory within her.
"A World of Girls" by L. T. Meade
Some hard blows were struck with these weapons, and the age of chivalry, when men fought hand to hand with trusty blades, seemed to be revived.
"The Young Lieutenant" by Oliver Optic
He had fought hard for it and when Jake supported him Stuyvesant had written to Fuller, who sanctioned the extra cost.
"Brandon of the Engineers" by Harold Bindloss
If I hadn't I mightn't have fought so hard to make him live.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
He had fought hard, and now he could lay his armour down, and no one would think any the less of him.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
He's stuck to his guns and fought hard all these years.
"Hail to the Chief" by Gordon Randall Garrett
They fought hard, and would not give in.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 2 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
I had fought through other hard times.
"The Mistress of Shenstone" by Florence L. Barclay
For a moment Beatrice fought hard with the feeling that she was going to faint.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
After all, it was a victory, and a hard-fought one.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford

In poetry:

"Now praised be God, the day is won!
They fly o'er flood and fell—
Why dost thou draw the rein so hard,
Good knight, that fought so well?"
"The Heart Of The Bruce" by William Edmondstoune Aytoun
And on every hard-fought field,
Where freedom's noble sons were slain,
There, stretched beside their battle-shield,
Lay black and white men on the plain.
"The Black Man's Wrongs" by James Madison Bell
But the men on board the "St. Denis" fought desperately hard,
And just as the "St. Denis" was captured a ball struck Captain Ward
Right on the forehead, and he fell without a groan,
And for the death of Captain Ward the men did moan.
"The Death of Captain Ward" by William Topaz McGonagall
It stole his mind from farmin', and he run up tall and thin:
I fought him hard enough at first, but afterward gave in.
They got the minister to come, his mother took his part,
Until I let them have their way, although it broke my heart.
"A Farmer's Sorrow" by Sarah Orne Jewett
And each man fought hard with sword and lance pell mell,
And the ranks were instantly filled up as soon as a man fell;
And the Count D'Alencon, boldly charged the Black Prince.
And he cried, yield you, Sir Knight, or I'll make you wince,
"The Battle of Cressy" by William Topaz McGonagall
Then the Governor of the castle fell fighting sword in hand,
While rallying his men around the flagstaff the scene was grand;
And the Spaniards fought hard to save their ships of war,
But the British destroyed their ships and scattered them afar.
"The Capture of Havana" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Won a hard-fought re-election battle AP PHOTO.
President Barack Obama's campaign was relishing a hard-fought victory for the presidency, capping a re-election bid that hinged heavily on aggressive voter registration and turnout efforts.
Baldwin defeats Thompson in hard-fought, contentious Senate race.
Mitt Romney was playing with grandchildren and watching election returns from a waterfront hotel room late Tuesday while a crowd of supporters heard his top surrogates praise him for a hard-fought campaign.
In hard-fought Virginia, last-minute ads and rap from MC Hammer.
President Obama has been re-elected to a second term, defeating Republican Mitt Romney in a hard-fought race in which the economy was the dominant issue.
COLUMBUS— President Obama has won Ohio again, capturing the swing state after a hard-fought battle with Republican Mitt Romney.
George Allen Concedes to Tim Kaine in Hard Fought Senate race.
And, if the past is any predictor, the corporations will come with part-time jobs, freelance jobs, no-benefits jobs, everything the unions fought so very hard against.
It was a typical, hard-fought border matchup between perennial rivals Carroll and Trimble counties when the Panthers invaded the halls of Trimble last week.
After a hard-fought battle, the charter schools measure, Initiative 1240, has squeaked through in Washington state 50.8 percent to 49.2.
After a long, hard-fought season between the six teams in the Federation League, the Sykesville Senators came out on top and won a seven-game final series over the Brookville Grays to earn the league championship.
The actor reveals he fought hard to land the part of literary anti-hero Dean Moriarty in Salles' adaptation of Jack Kerouac's On The Road - and he learned he had won the role on his birthday.
Incumbent Democatic state Sen Evie Hudak fought hard for the narrow win against Republican challenger Lang Sias on Tuesday, but she had some help from Libertarians .
Suspension sought for Madison lawyer who fought long, hard -- and too loudly .