hard blow

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I was never served so before without giving a hard blow for it, muttered Stubb, as he found himself descending the cabin-scuttle.
I might well have needed that, for with this hard blow of the proof that her eyes were hopelessly sealed I felt my own situation horribly crumble, I felt--I saw--my livid predecessor press, from her position, on my defeat, and I was conscious, more than all, of what I should have from this instant to deal with in the astounding little attitude of Flora.
I am an old man," he said slowly, "and this is a hard blow for me to bear.
This, I confess, was another pretty hard blow to me.
There were marks of strangulation and the wound from a hard blow on the temple.
Diable," said Monte Cristo compassionately, "it is a hard blow for a third-rate fortune.
A hard blow hit the side of the ship: water fell above with a stunning shock, and in the forefront of the gloom, where the air was reddish and thick, Jukes saw a head bang the deck violently, two thick calves waving on high, muscular arms twined round a naked body, a yellow-face, open-mouthed and with a set wild stare, look up and slide away.
But Mr Swiveller was not a little surprised to see his fellow-clerk, after walking slowly backwards towards the door, as if she were trying to withdraw herself from the room but could not accomplish it, dart suddenly forward, and falling on the small servant give her some hard blows with her clenched hand.
I have had some hard blows in my time: they don't seem to have blunted my sense of feeling as I thought they had.
Now Hercules (though strong enough, as you already know, to hold the sky up) began to be sensible that he should never win the victory, if he kept on knocking Antaeus down; for, by and by, if he hit him such hard blows, the Giant would inevitably, by the help of his Mother Earth, become stronger than the mighty Hercules himself.
Summary: Moscow suspended air service to Egypt following the crash of a Russian plane in late 2015, dealing a hard blow to the Egyptian tourism
Analyst Suleiman Mehazi, believes that the release of the Albanian prisoners from "Monstrum" was a hard blow to BDI, because of their powerlessness in the previous government.