hard lines


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hard lines

sentence substitute, n
informal Brit bad luck. Also: hard cheese
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It is hard lines for man and it is hard lines for beast, and who's to mend it I don't know: but anyway you might tell the poor beast that you were sorry to take it out of him in that way.
The hard lines in his aunt's face relaxed and a sud- den tenderness dawned in her eyes.
It seems such hard lines that he could not have shared the reward
Perhaps some people may think that my mothers uncle Thomas shouldent of wispered at prayer time in church but you must remember that Miss Jemima Parrs father had thretened to set the dog on him and that was hard lines when he was a respektable young man though not rich.
His lips were curled in hard lines and his teeth were clinched.
the wounded youth was once more reclining on the heap of pillows, his pale face set rigidly in the hard lines that told of pain resolutely endured.
I'd say they was pretty hard lines for a young fellow," he remarked.
Once more the horrible slate appeared when she had done, between the writing paper and her eyes, with the hard lines of warning pitilessly traced on it.
The hunters, on the other hand, had stronger and more diversified faces, with hard lines and the marks of the free play of passions.
It's pretty hard lines to stick a boy into an office at seventeen
And all the courtiers and counsellors were amazed when they saw the hard lines round his mouth and the frown on his brow grow smooth, and heard the mild but mocking tones in which he answered the old woman, saying:
Certainly it would be hard lines if, by dawdling as much as possible in coming in and taking their places, entering into long-winded explanations of what was the usual course of the regular master of the form, and others of the stock contrivances of boys for wasting time in school, they could not spin out the lesson so that he should not work them through more than the forty lines.