dearly-won


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Adj.1.dearly-won - entailing great loss or sacrifice; "a dearly-won victory"
expensive - high in price or charging high prices; "expensive clothes"; "an expensive shop"
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It's easy to see how they can become a source of inter-generational tension as a dearly-won six As, three Bs and a C from the '80s looks ever so dim compared to the parade of 12 A* grades achieved with an alarming regularity these days.