hardscrabble

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hard·scrab·ble

 (härd′skrăb′əl)
adj.
Earning a bare subsistence, as on the land; marginal: the sharecropper's hardscrabble life.
n.
Barren or marginal farmland.

hardscrabble

(ˈhɑːdˌskræbəl)
n
1. (modifier) (of a place) difficult to make a living in; barren
2. great effort made in the face of difficulties

hard•scrab•ble

(ˈhɑrdˌskræb əl)

adj.
providing or yielding meagerly in return for much effort: a hardscrabble existence.
[1795–1805]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.hardscrabble - barely satisfying a lower standard; "the sharecropper's hardscrabble life"
meager, meagerly, meagre, scrimpy, stingy - deficient in amount or quality or extent; "meager resources"; "meager fare"