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or hard-hat  (härd′hăt′)
a. A lightweight protective helmet, usually of metal or reinforced plastic, worn by workers in industrial settings.
b. Informal A construction worker.
2. Slang
a. An ultraconservative.
b. An extremely patriotic person with a conventional, usually unquestioning sense of morality.
1. Relating to heavy industry, construction, or demolition.
2. Informal Of, relating to, or characterized by extreme conservatism.
3. Slang Extremely patriotic.
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The youngsters were given a hard-hat tour of the impressive site and received a construction lesson from Balfour Beatty.
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clouds of Camel smoke with only his hard-hat fit for daily war.