- a rough or tough person
- one who is firmly established in bad habits
- a person in an unfortunate condition
- A tough, unsentimental person.
- A person who is persistently insolent or difficult to control.
(plural hard cases)
- A tough person.
- Because he is in the police force, Andy is a hard case.
- (New Zealand) An amusing, funny, witty, or possibly strange person. May be used as a term of endearment.