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no-nonsense

[noh-non-sens, -suh ns] /ˈnoʊˈnɒn sɛns, -səns/
adjective
1.
not tolerating anything frivolous or trifling; firm and businesslike:
a no-nonsense approach to money matters; a no-nonsense teacher with well-behaved classes.
2.
economical or utilitarian; practical:
a no-nonsense car that gets excellent gas mileage.
3.
plain and simple; not fancy, complicated, or elegant:
no-nonsense recipes for easy preparation.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30
Synonyms
1. earnest, diligent, resolute, purposeful.
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British Dictionary definitions for no-nonsense

no-nonsense

/ˌnəʊˈnɒnsəns/
adjective
1.
sensible, practical, straightforward; without nonsense of any kind: a businesslike no-nonsense approach, a severe no-nonsense look
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Word Origin and History for no-nonsense
adj.

"not tolerating foolishness, businesslike," 1928," from phrase to stand no nonsense, which is attested from 1821, originally in sporting slang.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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