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 Hard,Hard Lines. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Hard By.
 
Near. Hard means close, pressed close together; hence firm or solid, in close proximity to.   1
       
“Hard by a sheltering wood.”
       
David Mallet: Edwin and Emma.
 


 Hard,Hard Lines. 

 
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