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hardscrabble

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishhardscrabblehard‧scrab‧ble /ˈhɑːdskræbəl $ ˈhɑːrd-/ adjective [only before noun] 🔊 🔊 1 hardscrabble land has poor soil and will not produce good crops of food, and sometimes not any food at all 🔊 I remembered it being green and humid, nothing like this hardscrabble land.2 poor, and working on land that does not produce enough food to eat or crops to sell 🔊 The town is also home to hardscrabble residents who have to eat at the soup kitchen.
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