1. to a great extent, in a zealous manner.
|Beggar’s Opera II iv: Betty Doxy! Come hither, Hussy. Do you drink as hard as ever? You had better stick to good wholesome Beer; for in troth, Betty Strong-Waters will in time ruin your Constitution.|
|Song Smith 135: ‘Our captain,’ said he, ‘is what we tars call a good man; drinks hard, swears well, and fights better.’.|
|St Ronan’s Well (1833) 389: My dear John, you have drunk hard—rode hard.|
|Forest Life I 111: My husband took on dreadful hard upon that.|
|Paul Foster’s Daughter I 185: Well, I go and read with him all day—read hard—ever so, you know.|
|Milan Exchange (TN) 28 May 1/4: Hang hard! I’m going to throw out the grapnel.|
|Mystery of M. Felix III 138: I did want ’ard to talk to ’im.|
|Trimmed Lamp (1916) 13: He isn’t a millionaire so hard that you could notice it, anyhow.|
|Human Touch 160: ’Op it, yer bla’guard, ’op it ’ard!|
|White Moll 215: Say, you listen hard, Bertha!|
|Taxi-Dance Hall 51: They were always well dressed, and treated me nicely; I fell for them [Filipinos] hard.|
|Spanish Blood (1946) 51: It flops here, sister, it flops hard.‘The King in Yellow’ in|
|Queens’ Vernacular 103: hard [...] quite a lot; often precedes ‘fat righteous’ ‘I dug you hard fat righteous, man!’.|
|Brown’s Requiem 118: Outsized, red-faced American men doing some hard drinking.|
2. (US black) in an aggressive, hostile manner; intensely.
|[||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd edn) n.p.: To dye hard, is to shew no signs of fear or contrition at the gallows; not to whiddle or squeak. This advice is frequently given to felons going to suffer the law, by their old comrades, anxious for the honour of the gang].|
|Recollections of G. Hamlyn (1891) 89: At Cambridge, for the first year, he was probably the noisiest man in his college, though he never lived what is called ‘hard.’.|
|White Talk Black Talk 117: Seh inna disya dance seh you smoke ganja ’ard.|
|Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 94: Babes flocked to guys who ragged hard. [Ibid.] 119: He’d cracked hard on my lady.|
|Campus Sl. Apr.|
|Deuce’s Wild 243: Tommy Mervin, the best ‘dozens’ player on my block came to my rescue when an older kid name Jared began hitting hard on my mother.|
|‘Shut Up’ [lyrics] All of my ex girls talk to me hard / Talk to my face, don’t talk to my palm.|
3. very, extremely.
|Diary (1914) 97: Mr. Hopkins is hard sick.|
|Keys to Crookdom 412: Hard nicked – robbed of everything.|
4. in a painful, problematic manner, e.g. of a prison sentence.
|Tramp Diary in Jack London On the Road (1979) 48: If any Pinkertons or detectives are caught it will go hard with them.|
|Arthur’s 220: It’d go ’ard if Yaller Boots there was to set about ’er, I give you my word.|
|Joyful Condemned 294: Mort Clipman was the one who was ‘doing it hard’.|
(US) to react emotionally, usu. when distressed or angry.
|Three Negro Plays (1969) II ii: Then I cried and cried and told ma mother about it, but she didn’t take it hard like I thought she’d take it.Mulatto in|
|Naked Lunch (1968) 153: Don’t take it so hard, kid.|
|(con. 1940s) Battle Lost and Won 214: Poor blighter’s taking it hard. eh?|