Definition of hardscrabble adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

hardscrabble

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˌhɑːdˈskræbl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌhɑːrdˈskræbl//
 
(North American English)
 
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not having enough of the basic things you need to live a hardscrabble life/upbringing
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hardscrabble