hard times


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Noun1.hard times - a time of difficulty
time - an indefinite period (usually marked by specific attributes or activities); "he waited a long time"; "the time of year for planting"; "he was a great actor in his time"
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Unskilled labour is the first to feel the slackness of hard times, and I had no trades save those of sailor and laundryman.
But poor people don't buy sewing machines in hard times, so I was forced to forgo that employment.
The country was on the verge of hard times,* caused by a series of prosperous years wherein the difficulty of disposing abroad of the unconsumed surplus had become increasingly difficult.
Very few letters were written in those hard times that were not touching, especially those which fathers sent home.
There's the labor unions an' employers' associations, an' strikes', an' hard times, an' huntin' for jobs, an' all the rest.
He begged Captain Bonneville, therefore, to travel very slowly, so as to keep the horses in strength and spirit for the hard times they would have to encounter.
She was so capable, so cheerful in spite of the fact that she was having a hard time.
She had had such a hard time bringing it into the world, too.
I had a sufficiently hard time with that tale, because it changed itself from a farce to a tragedy while I was going along with it--a most embarrassing circumstance.
And we have had a hard time here, though not so hard as I deserved; and the hardest part of all .
The multitudinous family had sat upon him, but had had a hard time doing it.
But, indeed, I had a hard time of it,' said she: 'mamma was very greatly disappointed at the failure of her darling project, and very, very angry at my obstinate resistance to her will, and is so still; but I can't help it.