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Meaning of hard hat

hard' hat"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a protective helmet of metal or plastic, esp. as worn by construction or factory workers.
  2. a uniformed soldier of a regular army, as opposed to a guerrilla.

hard-hat

Pronunciation: (härd'hat"), [key]
— n. Informal.
  1. a construction worker, esp. a member of a construction workers' union.
  2. a working-class conservative.
—adj.
  1. pertaining to or characteristic of hard-hats: enlisting hard-hat support for his policies.
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