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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 here a bit of space right now.
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The 18-year-old admits it has taken hard work and determination.
The president was taken hard left and we were taken hard right.
Senator Ishaq Dar said that despite inheriting a fragile economy because of the inactions on the part of previous government, the present government had taken hard decisions to stabilize the economy and introduce structural reforms.
I love my life after football, but to get where I am has taken hard work and commitment.
The 19-year-old, who had never taken hard drugs before, was killed when an addict on a methadone programme was able to stockpile his prescriptions and give some to the teenager.
Stephen Ruston, managing director of Castlefield Products, said: "It has been a phenomenal month for trade; it has taken hard work and perseverance on behalf of the whole team, but I am delighted with how business and the industry is moving forward.
I've never taken hard drugs because I am scared of getting hooked on things," he said.
The agricultural and fishing sectors have taken hard hits for years, but were devastated by the major attacks of late December and January.
Another furlong and being bounced out and taken hard against the stands' rail by Shane Kelly made the difference.
It has taken hard graft and no little skill for the likes of the Pumas and Italy to advance to rugby's top table.
EMBATTLED David Cameron will face another grilling tomorrow over whether he has ever taken hard drugs.
The Elmira High School drama program has taken hard hits during budget cutbacks this year, and director Rob McGlothin isn't sure what or where he will be teaching next year.
Twelve per cent of people admit they have taken hard drugs, five per cent have got away with violent crime and five per cent have paid for sex.
It's taken hard work to get where I am but if I get to the Final it probably would eclipse Wembley as it's at the top level.