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hard–boiled

adjective \-ˈbi(-ə)ld\

of an egg : boiled until all the inside parts have become solid

: not feeling or showing emotions such as affection or kindness : emotionally tough

: having a tough detective as the main character

Full Definition of HARD-BOILED

1
a :  devoid of sentimentality :  tough <a hard–boiled drill sergeant>
b :  of, relating to, or being a detective story featuring a tough unsentimental protagonist and a matter-of-fact attitude towards violence
2
:  hardheaded, practical <hard–boiled business decisions>

First Known Use of HARD-BOILED

1886

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