hard-nosed

hard-nosed

[hahrd-nohzd]
adjective Informal.
hardheaded or tough; unsentimentally practical: a hard-nosed labor leader.
Also, hardnosed.


Origin:
1885–90


realistic, down-to-earth; intractable, rigid, stubborn, inflexible.
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hard-nosed
 
adj
informal tough, shrewd, and practical

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hard-nosed definition


  1. mod.
    stern and businesslike; unsympathetic. : It takes a hard-nosed manager to run a place like this.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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