Hardscrabble meaning

härd'skrăb'əl
Earning a bare subsistence, as on the land; marginal.

The sharecropper's hardscrabble life.

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Barren or marginal farmland.
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Producing or earning only a very small amount; barren.

A hardscrabble farm, life, etc.

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Of or pertaining to land that takes a lot of work in order to farm and even then is not very productive.
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Origin of hardscrabble