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harden oneself to something

Fig. to make oneself capable of bearing something unpleasant. You will have to learn to harden yourself to tragedies like this. They happen every day in a hospital. She had learned to harden herself to the kinds of poverty she had to work in.
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harden something off

to accustom a young plant to normal weather so it can be moved from a protected environment to the out-of-doors. We put the plants by the open window to harden them off. We hardened off the plants.
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harden something up

to make something hard or strong. Put the meat in the freezer awhile to harden it up before you try to slice it thin. Harden up the ice cream a little in the freezer.
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harden your heart

(slightly formal)
to make yourself stop feeling kindness and sympathy He found it difficult to harden his heart completely against his old colleague.
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harden your heart

  (slightly formal)
to make yourself stop feeling kind or friendly towards someone You've just got to harden your heart and tell him to leave.
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harden one's heart

Feel no sympathy for, as in We can't afford to give them more; we'll just have to harden our hearts when they ask . [Late 1300s]
See also: harden, heart

steel one's heart against

Also, harden one's heart. Suppress one's feelings for, as in He finally steeled his heart against them and refused the loan, or You'll just have to harden your heart and tell them the truth. This metaphoric idiom transfers making something hard to rendering oneself insensible or unfeeling. Versions of it date from the late 1500s. Also see heart of stone.
See also: heart, steel
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First of all, you got the top players in the world on your team, so if you're not focused and locked in on defense, they are going to embarrass you," Harden said in the same article.
As for finding new board members, Harden said there are several interested applicants who currently serve on the district's budget committee.
Because I might have to play him in the playoffs, so I didn't really want to talk to him," World Peace told Conan O'Brien on why he didn't reach out to Harden.
Ty Harden helped put our program on the map,' said Junction City coach Chris Bolton, who took over the Tigers during Harden's freshman season in the fall of 1999.
The continuum of care offered by Harden helps ensure patients receive the most appropriate care-often home health or short-term rehabilitation in a skilled nursing facility-when they leave the hospital or another acute setting.
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The findings in this report support what we see every day," Lew Little, chief executive officer of Harden Healthcare, said.
The film is not a highly commercial vehicle,'' admits Harris, who sees his nomination and the one garnered by supporting actress Marcia Gay Harden as inducements for audiences to take a chance on a difficult and often unpleasant subject.
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During that 12-0 run by ASU, Harden had 10 points and assisted on the other hoop.
John Harden of Hubbardston, current owner of the Wheeler buildings, is hoping to bring some of that feeling back with his renovation of the general store on Main Street in the center of town.