hard-boiled

hard-boiled

[hahrd-boild]
adjective
1.
Cookery. (of an egg) boiled in the shell long enough for the yolk and white to solidify.
2.
Informal. tough; unsentimental: a hard-boiled vice-squad detective.
3.
marked by a direct, clear-headed approach; realistic: a hard-boiled appraisal of the foreign situation.
4.
(of detective fiction) written in a laconic, dispassionate, often ironic style for a realistic, unsentimental effect.

Origin:
1715–25; 1895–80 for def 2; hard + boiled

hard-boiledness, noun
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hard-boil

[hahrd-boil]
verb (used with object)
to boil (an egg) until the yolk and white have become firm or solid.

Origin:
1890–95

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hard-boiled
 
adj
1.  (of an egg) boiled until the yolk and white are solid
2.  informal
 a.  tough, realistic
 b.  cynical

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