a hard case


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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.
See also: case, hard
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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.
See also: case, hard
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