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a hard case

A person who is cynical, hostile, or difficult to work with or be around. John can be a bit of a hard case when you first meet him, but he's actually a very decent guy once you get to know him. I heard they're sending a real hard case to evaluate our appeal, so I don't know how good our chances are.
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a hard case

1 a tough or intractable person. 2 an amusing or eccentric person. Australian & New Zealand
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hard case

1. n. a case of liquor. Pete wanted a hard case delivered to his house.
2. n. a person who is a real problem. Jed has turned into a hard case. He’s fighting us at every turn.
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I met him on the cars when I went down the line on Wednesday--a hard case if ever there was one.
But the very genteel lady's English chariot being already horsed and at the inn-door, the landlord had slipped up-stairs to represent his hard case. This was notified to the yard by his now coming down the staircase in attendance on the gentleman and the lady, and by his pointing out the offended majesty of Mr Dorrit to them with a significant motion of his hand.
American lawyers have a saying that "hard cases make bad law." Laws are supposed to be framed broadly and clearly, stating rules that can be applied in the majority of cases; but there will always be a few problems that are so complicated and unusual that it's hard to apply the usual rules.
CONCERNING the Western Mail article ("Parliament pressured on Northern Ireland abortion laws", June 8), it's no surprise now to see pressure increased on the Province to bring about abortion on demand, for that is the aim of those who use hard cases to prise open doors.
As the referendum campaign enters its last few days, Mr O Cuiv was appealing to those who may be swung by the "hard cases" to vote Yes, to reconsider, because he regards it as something that can be looked at again if the No side is victorious.
Durable, reusable and recyclable cases are said to cost less than half that of traditional hard cases.
Hard cases prevent anything bad from happening during travel, let alone if the load shifts.
As mentioned, over 1.2 million prenatal children are killed annually in the US, whereas only 2% are due to the hard cases. But evidence also shows that large numbers of post-abortive mothers face guilt and increased health problems.
At a girls' juvenile detention facility on the outskirts of Tehran, the inmates are hard cases, locked up on charges ranging from car theft and drug possession to premeditated murder.
22 kg and is transported in two rugged hard cases. Each case is airline checkable and is easy to carry.
GEMSTAR[TM] Custom Hard Cases has expanded its Stronghold[R] case line with new sizes to meet diverse customer requirements.
The examination of these hard cases is what helps us sharpen our understanding of libertarianism and our ability to debate and defend the free society.
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It is often said that hard cases or exceptions make bad laws.
I am sick of hearing complaints of so called 'over use' of force by officers, while trying to arrest wannabe drunk hard cases.