hard by

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hard by

  1. (dated) Close to; near; in proximity to.
    • 1698, Ned Ward, The London Spy
      After we had dispatched our compliments to each other, and I had awkwardly returned in country scrapes his a la mode bows and cringes, he needs must prevail with me to join him at a tavern hard by and dine with some gentlemen of his acquaintance.