What does the 'hard by' means?

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What does the 'hard by' means?

Post by Xiongran » Sat Oct 16, 2010 6:21 am

There is a sentence like this:a cliff that unfortunately happened to lie hard by the road leading from Trurl's place to the nearest train station.
What does the 'hard by' in this sentence means? many thanks.

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Re: What does the 'hard by' means?

Post by Joe » Sat Oct 16, 2010 9:22 am

very close to; right beside

The cliff is exactly at the edge of the road.

This is a rare usage.

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