take (something) hard

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take (something) hard

To be affected by something in a profoundly negative way. I know Jeff took it hard when he lost his job, but he needs to get back up and start looking for work. I think Samantha took the news pretty hard, so you might want to give her a bit of space right now.
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take something ˈhard

be very upset by something: He took his wife’s death very hard.
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Justice Dost said it was cruelty to take hard work from over 60-year-old prisoners.
Also, a senior Iranian negotiator expressed the hope that the top diplomats of the Group 5+1 who have arrived in Geneva in the last two days for a final deal over Tehran's nuclear program will be ready to take hard decisions to enable the negotiations to move forward.
She said that only those nations make progress which take hard decisions, and thats why PPP was taking hard decisions to ensure better future to the people of Pakistan.