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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 ​smallgroup of ​people within a ​largergroup, who ​stronglybelieve in the group's ​principles and usually have a lot of ​power in it: The hard ​core of the ​party has not ​lostsight of the ​originalideals.


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

showingsexualactsclearly and in ​detail: hard-core ​pornography
  • hard-core adjective (BELIEF)

used to ​describepeople who ​stronglybelieve in something: hard-core ​partymembers
(Definition of hard core from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"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
(Definition of hard-core from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"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 ​antitrustcases. 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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