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"hard core" in British English

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hard corenoun

uk   /ˈhɑːd ˌkɔːr/  us   /ˈhɑːrd ˌkɔːr/
  • hard core noun (BELIEF)

[S, + sing/pl verb] (also hard-core) a small group of people within a larger group, who strongly believe in the group's principles and usually have a lot of power in it: The hard core of the party has not lost sight of the original ideals.


uk   /ˌhɑːdˈkɔːr/  us   /ˌhɑːrdˈkɔːr/
  • hard-core adjective (SEX)

showing sexual acts clearly and in detail: hard-core pornography
  • hard-core adjective (BELIEF)

used to describe people who strongly believe in something: hard-core party members
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"hard-core" in American English

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 us   /ˈhɑrdˈkɔr/
unlikely to change, or difficult to change: hard-core poverty a hard-core conservative
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"hard core" in Business English

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hard corenoun [S]

uk   us  
the people who are the most interested and involved in an organization, group, or activity: A hard core of investors remain deeply concerned about the company's strategy and the make-up of the board.
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hard-coreadjective [usually before noun]

(also hardcore) uk   us  
serious or difficult to deal with and unlikely to change: Hard-core unemployment usually results when a worker is disabled and is not able to work. He will focus more on fighting hard-core antitrust cases. The two counties are predominantly sprawling suburbs and shore towns, with relatively few pockets of hard-core poverty and crime. hard-core homeless/unemployed
used to describe the people who are most interested and involved in an organization, group, or activity: What the hard-core environmentalists want is punitive fossil-fuel restrictions. hard-core fans/supporters hard-core insurgents/terrorists
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(Definition of hard core from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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