To run hard

To press in competition; as, to run one hard in a race.
- F. W. Newman.
To urge or press importunately
To banter severely.

See also: Run, Run, Run

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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He was obliged to run hard to keep his blood moving at all--and then he came back to the station house and found a crowd blocking the street before the door!
Weightman added: "I'm really happy I got the bronze, slightly disappointed as I wanted to run hard from the start and go with Laura.
"I like to run hard and if someone comes by me towards the end then at least they have had to run hard, too, and I might have a good time.
His ability to run hard lines and having that creative edge outside makes it more difficult defensively."
He said: "I got into them after the game, and they were made to run hard in training on Tuesday.
''We're going to have to run hard and work hard both ways, and if we do that I think it will compensate for some of the errors we'll make with the round ball."
"I was here to run hard and make the team and I'm really excited," Goucher said.
Ryan Moore was forced to get after Workforce from fully three furlongs out and the colt had to run hard right to the line.
This will allow the runner to run hard and strong past the base.
"I think we need to be thankful for where we are now, but we also need to remember you need to run hard to stand still," Kalikow said of the system that transports 2.8 billion riders a year.
"Before the game I was a bit nervous, but I got a few texts off my mates just saying to run hard at them and do what you do best," said the 24-year-old, who looks set to keep his place in the Newcastle side for Saturday's Aviva Premiership visit of Leicester Tigers.