See also: hardwearing

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hard +‎ wearing

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hard-wearing (comparative more hard-wearing, superlative most hard-wearing)

  1. Able to withstand a significant amount of usage without physical deterioration; durable.
    • 1959 September, “The Re-appraisal of the B.R. Modernisation Plan”, in Trains Illustrated, page 411:
      Throughout B.R. activity to improve drainage and ballast, to lay in more long-welded rails [...] and concrete sleepers, and to provide more hard-wearing pointwork and crossings will be intensified in the next four years.

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