hard word


hard word
: put the hard word on Ask forcefully for something in the expectation that you will not be refused. Originally the phrase was used of a man propositioning a woman, and was first recorded in 1923. It is now also applied to any manner of heavy-handed requests-'Michelle really put the hard word on me for a loan of the car'.

Australian idioms. 2014.

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  • hard word on — Australian Slang apply pressure in pursuit of agreement to a proposal (often sex related) …   English dialects glossary

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  • the hard word — n a. a rejection or condemnation ► It was the one thing that would bring Christina [Onassis] and her father to gether again. It was only a matter of time before Christina gave me the hard word. (Joseph Bolker quoted in Heiress, by Ni gel Dempster …   Contemporary slang

  • put the hard word on Austral./NZ — informal ask a favour of. → hard …   English new terms dictionary

  • put the hard word on — ► put the hard word on Austral./NZ informal ask a favour of. Main Entry: ↑hard …   English terms dictionary

  • put the hard word on — (Aust) To ask, particularly for a loan or (esp sexual) favour • • • Main Entry: ↑hard …   Useful english dictionary


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