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2 definitions found
 for case-hardened
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Casehardened \Case"hard`ened\, a.
     1. Having the surface hardened, as iron tools.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Hardened against, or insusceptible to, good influences;
        rendered callous by persistence in wrongdoing or
        resistance of good influences; -- said of persons.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  case-hardened
      adj 1: used of persons; emotionally hardened; "faced a case-
             hardened judge" [syn: case-hardened, hardened, hard-
             boiled]

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