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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Hard (Adjective)
 
  Hard as a brick.
            —Anonymous
  1
  Hard as a cobble-stone.
            —Anonymous
  2
  Hard as a cricket-ball.
            —Anonymous
  3
  Hard as granite.
            —Anonymous
  4
  Hard as hail stones.
            —Anonymous
  5
  As hard as horn.
            —Anonymous
  6
  Hard as marble.
            —Anonymous
  7
  As hard as the rocks of Dundee.
            —Anonymous
  8
  Hard as flint.
            —Robert Burton
  9
  Hard as adamant.
            —Robert Cawdray (A Treasurie or Store-house of Similies, 1600)
  10
  Hard as a 1907 prune.
            —Helen Green
  11
  Hard as a barren stepmother’s slap.
            —Lady Gregory
  12
  Hard as wire.
            —John Heywood
  13
  As hard as the heart of a religious foe-curser.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
  14
  Hard as an egg at Easter.
            —Vincent Stuckey Lean (Collectanea)
  15
  Hard as nails.
            —Vincent Stuckey Lean (Collectanea)
  16
  Hard as iron.
            —Thomas Lodge
  17
  Hardeneth like the Adama[n]t.
            —John Lyly
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  Fingers, hard as a lobster’s claws.
            —Guy de Maupassant
  19
  Hard as the devil’s nagnails.
            —G. F. Northall (Folk Phrases)
  20
  Hard as a sheet of brass.
            —Ouida
  21
  Hard as a pine-knot.
            —James K. Paulding
  22
  Hard as steel.
            —William Shakespeare
  23
  Hard as the palm of ploughman.
            —William Shakespeare
  24
  Hard as the push of death.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  25
  Hard as a piece of the nether millstone.
            —Old Testament
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  Hard as Severn salmon dried in Wales.
            —Ned Ward
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  Hard as a flint stone.
            —Leonard Wright (A Display of Dutie)
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