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Hi in this post I just wanted to verify whether the word hardly can be used to describe doing something with force as although I know the use is not common in this sense it can at times seem apposite. Therefore, all i want to know is that as Merriam Webster states in 1: with force :vigorously as one of its delineations of the term is at all possible to use the term in such a manner despite the confusion it may cause due to its other connotations and if so could you give an example.
To me, a BrE speaker, this is a better definition:
hardly adverb (ONLY JUST) - definition in British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionary Online
In AmE, I have never heard "hardly" used in this manner. Yes, it's in the dictionary, but I would not use it.
We would say someone or something was "working hard" not "working hardly."
I was very surprised to see that definition in the dictionary. I have never heard it used that way.
"He was working hard" is almost the exact opposite of "He was hardly working".
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