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Definition of hard-won adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

hard-won

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˌhɑːd ˈwʌn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌhɑːrd ˈwʌn//
 
[usually before noun]
 
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that you only get after fighting or working hard for it She was not going to give up her hard-won freedom so easily.
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