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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]
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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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Harden works as an independent contractor, specializing in renovation and construction.
Harden said the facade of the store and the large windows were installed in the 1900s; he believes the building itself was fully renovated at that time and it was never done again.
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.
Harden has bought some antiques for the store, including purchasing back the original counters that were in the store.
Going forward, Harden says, we could see various scenarios, including an independent ASB operating as before, with the PCAOB only adopting certain incremental rules for public entity auditors, creating the equivalent of a 'Yellow Book" (i.
Of these options, the first would appear most logical given the need for the ASB to continue to set standards for auditors of nonpublic entities," Harden says, adding that there is precedence for this type of arrangement between the General Accounting Office and AICPA.
Stuart Harden, CPA, CFE is a director in Hemming Morse lncs litigation services group.