Definition of hard-earned in English:



  • Having taken a great deal of effort to earn or acquire.

    ‘her hard-earned money’
    • ‘There are enough problems farmers face to let their hard-earned produce end up at a dump-site.’
    • ‘However it was the ice cool Mick Devlin who potted the black and gave Dunnes a hard-earned victory.’
    • ‘The manner in which he handled himself at Old Trafford when things were not going well won him some hard-earned respect.’
    • ‘Choosing unique roles has become his priority since his success was hard-earned.’
    • ‘Shipton continued their dominance at the top of division two with a hard-earned three points at home to Hemingbrough.’
    • ‘When a man thirsts, there is little that can stand between him and a cold, hard-earned glass of alcohol.’
    • ‘Living on a budget, as most people have to, there's a constant trade off when planning what to spend hard-earned money on.’
    • ‘The thread is dealing with a potential loss of hard-earned freedom disguised as healthcare reform.’
    • ‘Ballina responded, but were repelled by a resolute defence to hold out for a hard-earned victory.’
    • ‘Outrageous fortune always makes for a good story, while hard-earned success seems less worthy of comment.’
    • ‘The hard-earned power by the government at the Centre has made it sit and consider giving free power to farmers.’
    • ‘There were sunny blue skies overhead as the hard-earned flag made its way up the school's flag pole.’
    • ‘A half on the 18th green gave Garcia and Luke Donald a hard-earned point against Jim Furyk and Fred Funk.’
    • ‘The result was a hard-earned draw, the same as when they sparred before, and it made their friendship even stronger.’
    • ‘We were dropped off by the Hawk in a Land Rover, and the driver gave us the keys to the plane and sped back to the hangar for a hard-earned tea break.’
    • ‘Students paying hard-earned money for English language learning should expect no less.’
    • ‘That's why we consider these amendments a poor investment of effort and the sportsmen's hard-earned dollars.’
    • ‘At its core, she says, the text tells the story of a woman who loses her hard-earned sense of control.’
    • ‘We need our hard-earned money to pay all the rest of our bills.’
    • ‘They clinched promotion with a hard-earned win over Breaffy in Claremorris last Sunday.’