go hard with

go hard with

Fare ill, be to one's harm or disadvantage. For example, If this case gets to a jury, it will go hard with the defendant. [First half of 1500s]
See also: hard
References in classic literature ?
It will go hard with the slaves, no doubt, upon the trial.
Then straightway the Knight told all about his stay at Denby and of the happening at the fair, and how it was like to go hard with young David; so he told his tale, and quoth he, "It was this, good Robin, that kept me so late on the way, otherwise I would have been here an hour agone.
Well, sir, to be quite plain with ye, I am one of those honest gentlemen that were in trouble about the years forty-five and six; and (to be still quite plain with ye) if I got into the hands of any of the red-coated gentry, it's like it would go hard with me.
US media have emphasised that the teams take different approaches to their Wednesday workout, as Seattle go hard with defence and offence working against each other, while the Pats take care not to overwork.
You can also see him at various venues throughout Atlanta and the Southern Region on his Future Icons of the South Tour beginning December 7th with Hard Work hosting Atlanta Urban Wear's Radio station with his self-entitled show: Go Hard with Hard Work and Atlanta Urban Wear's Lyrically Skilled Live Television Broadcast.
The co-editors quote geographer Gus Caesar who wrote in 1962: "If a Wearsider visits a pub in Newcastle on a Saturday evening, things may go hard with him.