Hard

meaning difficult, is like the French dur; as, “hard of hearing,” “qui a l'oreille dure; ” “a hard word,” “un terme dur; ” “'tis a hard case,” “c'est une chose bien dure; ” “hard times,” “les temps sont durs; ” so also “hardly earned,” “ qu'on gagne bien durement; ” “hard-featured,” “dont les traits sont durs; ” “hard-hearted,” “qui a le coeur dur, ” and many other phrases.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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