hard-won

hard-won

adj
acquired through effort or in spite of problems
Translations

hard-won

[ˈhɑːdˈwʌn] ADJganado a duras penas

hard-won

[ˌhɑːdˈwʌn] adjsudato/a
References in classic literature ?
The Sheriff knows him: it is Arthur Donnithorne, carrying in his hand a hard-won release from death.
The weaver's hand had known the touch of hard-won money even before the palm had grown to its full breadth; for twenty years, mysterious money had stood to him as the symbol of earthly good, and the immediate object of toil.
It was "fancy starch" that robbed them of their hard-won minutes.
In the midst of my hard-won triumph I heard cheering.
I roused myself, and, after lending them a hand in hauling up their boat, I lingered yet awhile to watch them disembark a goodly assortment of the hard-won 'treasures of the deep.
Further, romantic as he was in spirit, he was not able to free himself from the pseudo-classical mannerisms; every page of his poem abounds with the old lifeless phraseology--'the finny tribes' for 'the fishes,' 'the vapoury whiteness' for 'the snow' or 'the hard-won treasures of the year' for 'the crops.
WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON: Pakistan's indiscriminate operations against terrorists have resulted in much improved security environment but instability in neighboring Afghanistan is threatening the hard-won security and economic gains, Ambassador Aizaz Chaudhry told US lawmakers.
These poems come from a deep well of experience that is translated, right in front of us, into hard-won craft and exacting lyricism.
We have opted to give a very precious and hard-won essential of the democratic system to adolescent adults who have a deplorable lack of interest and nous in all things apart from mobile phones, iPads and Broad Street.
And we know that bad bosses are rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of being able to cut workers' hard-won entitlements.
Rising temperatures, driven by climate change, threaten to undo much of our state's hard-won economic growth, write former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros and Houston Mayor Annise Parker.
Set in a town that's slowly falling apart, the novel and its protagonist sink into the darkness and chaos of a criminal world before emerging again with hard-won truths about life.