Etymology
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hard (adv.)
Old English hearde "firmly, severely," from hard (adj.). Meaning "with effort or energy, with difficulty" is late 14c.
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ashram (n.)
"religious hermitage," 1900, from Sanskrit asramah, from a-, adnomial prefix (from PIE adverbial particle ē), + sramah "effort, toll, fatigue."
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easily (adv.)
c. 1300, aisieliche, "in comfortable circumstances; with little effort," from easy + -ly (2). From late 14c. as "gently."
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oncoming (adj.)

"approaching, nearing," 1834, from on + coming, present participle of come (v.). Oncome (n.) "initial stages, onset" (of an effort, rain, snow, a disease, etc.) is from late 12c.

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beat (adj.)
"defeated, overcome by effort," c. 1400, from past tense of beat (v.). Meaning "tired, exhausted by exertion," is by 1905, American English. For beat generation see beatnik.
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pushy (adj.)

"unpleasantly forward or aggressive," 1894 of persons (1891 of a cow), from push (n.) in the "determined effort to get on" sense + -y (2). Related: Pushily; pushiness.

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touch-up (n.)
"act of improvement requiring modest effort," 1872, from verbal phrase touch up "improve or finish (as a painting or drawing) with light strokes" (1715), from touch (v.) + up (adv.).
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difficult (adj.)
Origin and meaning of difficult

c. 1400, "not easy, requiring or dependent on effort; troublesome, arduous," apparently an unetymological back-formation from difficulty. French has difficile, Latin difficilis. Of persons, "hard to please," from 1580s. Related: Difficultly.

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lug (v.)
late 14c., "pull (something) slowly or with effort," from Scandinavian (compare Swedish lugga, Norwegian lugge "to pull by the hair"); see lug (n.). Related: Lugged; lugging.
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AP 
abbreviation of Associated Press, first recorded 1879; the organization was founded May 1848 as co-operative news gathering effort among New York City newspaper publishers covering the war with Mexico.
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