hardscrabble

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Etymology[edit]

hard + scrabble

Adjective[edit]

hardscrabble (comparative more hardscrabble, superlative most hardscrabble)

  1. Of or pertaining to land that takes a lot of work in order to farm and even then is not very productive.
    • 1922: Rex Ellingwood Beach, Flowing Gold
      In the case of Allegheny Briskow, poverty, the drought, the grinding hardships of these hard-scrabble Texas counties, had dwarfed the intellect, the very soul of a splendid young animal.