1. of alcohol or drugs.
(a) sour or stale beer.
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Hard Drink, that is very Stale, or beginning to Sower.|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
(b) plug tobacco.
|Pauper, Thief and Convict 83: Lounging on the rough wooden settles, and smoking pipefuls of ‘hard’ which they cut from a flat cake with their clasp-knives.|
|On Many Seas 305: ‘’Ave ye ever a bit o’ ’ard about ye, lads?’ said the officer. We each produced a small plug of ’ard tobacco [...] and pressed them upon him.(H.E. Hamblen)|
|‘Chokey’ 172: Articles are valued as worth so many inches of ‘hard’, which is twist or plug tobacco, and one may often hear one lag say to another: ‘I’ll give you an inch for it‘.|
(c) (US) hard cider or whisky.
|Horn 129: The grandiloquent county politician stumping the hustings with a barrel of ‘hard’.|
|Nurses 252: Four or five fifths of vodka to start with. [...] Will you get me five fifths of the other kind of hard?|
(d) (US/N.Z. drugs) hard drugs, i.e. cocaine and heroin.
|City of Night 232: Junk is pushed here — usually soft stuff: marijuana, pills — but you can also score for hard.|
|Pimp 60: You don’t transport no ‘hard’ in your ‘stomp’.|
|Big Huey 14: because I was concerned about my health and didn’t want a habit, I made it a rule only to use ‘hard’ on the weekends.|
|‘About My Issue’ [lyrics] Standing on the corner slanging slabs of hard / Just a young soldier no camouflage.|
2. (UK Und., also the hard) coins (as opposed to notes).
|Lawrie Todd I Pt II 43: Four hundred and thirty-three dollars, which the old gentleman counted out to me in the hard.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 6/1: They openly accused her of ‘copping the hard’ and leaving the ‘soft’ behind.|
|Americanisms 296: Money itself has in the United States, as in England, probably more designations than any other object – liquor alone excepted [...] hardstuff, or hard.|
|Omaha Dly Bee (NE) 15 Nov. 5/3: The ‘hard’ is metal money.|
|Exeter & Plymouth Gaz. 4 Feb. 5/6: Money in general is known as: The Actual, Coliander Seeds, [...] Hard, John Davis, King’s Pictures, [...] Nonsense, Oil of Angels, [...] Rowdy.|
|Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 7 June 9/6: Slang of Money [...] It has been called ‘the actual, the blunt, hard, dirt, evil, flimsy, gilt, iron, John. Davis, lurries, moss, oil of angels, pieces, rowdy, spondulicks, tin, wad’ .|
|(con. 1920s) Legs 116: I’d picked up a little over two dollars in hard.|
3. (Und.) hard labour in prison.
|Reynolds’s Newspaper 2 May 6/6: [The] stockbroker has been sentenced to eightewen months ‘hard’ and will probably be broken himself on the wheel of the perpetual staircase.|
|Dagonet Ditties 91: Of two bioncs I robbed the bard, / For which I got three months with hard.‘Pickpocket Poems’|
|Truth (Sydney) 11 Feb. 1/2: In fact, a few months ‘hard’ would’nt go amiss with such an ass.|
|Sporting Times 13 Oct. 1/4: I can read it in your chevy, I can read it like a clock, / That for me you’ve got a moon or two, perhaps a ‘tray’ in stock. / What, a brace with ‘hard’?‘Belinda to the Bench’,|
|‘Lord Douglas’ in Roderick (1972) 493: He got One-Eyed Bogan ‘three months’ hard’ for taking a bottle of whisky.|
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 350: Six years at ‘hard’.|
|Spats’ Fact’ry (1922) 32: That tough with [...] a ’ead of hair like six months’ ’ard?|
|Truth (Wellington) 21 Apr. 6/6: Don’t let me see you again or you’ll get a month’s hard.|
|Human Side of Crook and Convict Life 45: The sentences [...] varied from seven days to fifteen years ‘hard’.|
|Enter the Saint 29: Danny’s fees for a term of imprisonment were a flat rate of ten pounds a week, with an extra charge of two pounds a week for ‘hard.’.|
|Sharpe of the Flying Squad 293: They give Y--- only six months hard.|
|Room at the Top (1959) 189: Oh my [...] Almost worth ten years hard, isn’t she?|
4. an erection [underpinned by hard-on n. (1)].
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|‘The Love Guide’ [comic strip] in Tijuana Bibles (1997) 148: All I got to do is look at a picture of Tillie and I can get up a hard.|
|in Erotic Muse (1992) 206: One night, returning from a spree, / His customary hard had he, / And on the street he chanced to meet / This harlot of Jerusalem.|
|Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 134: This old way you got a tippin’ through these alleys and backyards, / and when you get home to your money-woman, boy, I bet you can’t raise a hard.|
|(con. 1960s) Black Gangster (1991) 38: Taking off some drunk chasing his hard around.|
|Sex In Lit. 4 188: This [i.e. putting on a condom] took so much time and looked so repulsive that he lost his hard.|
|One Night Out Stealing 152: A sheila came in [...] A real looker. Enough to give a horny dude like Jube a hard on the spot.|
|Indep. Rev. 13 June 7: I want more. I wanna yard of hard, and I want it now.|
5. a thug, a hoodlum [hard case n. (2)].
|New Society 18 Apr. n.p.: The hard, the teddy-boy.in|
|All Night Stand 34: Just you try and batter him and you’ll have about ten of his hards on you.|
of a man, to have sexual intercourse.
|Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 16: Appointer. To copulate; ‘to give hard for soft’.|
of a woman, to have sexual intercourse.
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
of a penis, being erect.
|Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 224: Here I stand with my dick on the hard / trying to get a piece of pussy with the help of God.|