the harder the better

Definition

The idiom ‘the harder the better’ means that putting in great effort will bring the best results.

Examples

If you want to get ahead, you have to work hard – the harder the better!

He always puts in the extra effort – the harder the better!

Origin

It is believed that the phrase originated from English common law in the 15th century, where it was used to describe the idea that if someone puts in more effort, the higher the reward.

FAQs

Q1

What does the idiom ‘the harder the better’ mean?

A1

The idiom ‘the harder the better’ means that putting in great effort will bring the best results.