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

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