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 here 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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A degree that took hard work to attain, and one that I am happy to include on my CV.
We are also proud of the bipartisan process that led to this conference report, which took hard work and thoughtful collaboration from members on both sides of the aisle.
A lot of good, honest people in the criminal justice system took hard career hits for being honest, telling the truth, and fulfilling their oaths.
Saltburn came out fighting after the break and it took hard work from Liam Ray, Rhys Whiteside and Tyler Cosker to hold them back.
Councils such as Gwynedd took hard decisions to close schools years ago.
The 32-year-old woman, from Swansea, let her children watch as she took hard drugs.
He said that PPP took hard decisions so as to save coming generation from difficulties.
JUKE BOX HEROES - THE VERY BEST OF FOREIGNER (Music Club De-Luxe) * FOREIGNER took hard rock music and gave it a radio friendly sheen, bringing the band great success on both sides of the big pond and notching up sales of around 50 million records.
La Toya also denied reports she took hard drives full of her brother's unreleased songs from his home.
It took hard work and dedication to get where I am today.
Of course, genealogists point out that if you took hard enough, we're all related somehow: Go back 400 years and the average person has about 130,000 relatives.
She said she couldn't understand why people in the music industry took hard drugs.
Former editors of the New Left magazine, Ramparts, Peter Collier and David Horowitz later took hard right turns, disavowing their previous beliefs.
He has always refused to say if he took hard drugs before that.
He took hard but fair shots at Riordan's record, his vision and his integrity.