"Hard lines" Definition

Definitions for the word "Hard lines" from multiple English dictionaries.

1. slang
hardship, difficulty. Soldiers’ term for hard duty on the lines in front of the enemy. LINES was formerly synonymous with _Lot_, _see_ Ps. xvi. 6.—_Bible version_—“The LINES are fallen unto me in pleasant places;” _Prayer-Book do._—“The LOT is fallen unto me in a fair ground.”
Source: The Slang Dictionary, 1864

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