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hard–nosed

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adjective \ˈhärd-ˈnōzd\

Simple Definition of hard–nosed

  • : very tough

  • : not influenced by emotions : practical and realistic

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hard–nosed

  1. 1 :  being tough, stubborn, or uncompromising

  2. 2 :  hardheaded 2, tough-minded

Circa 1927

First Known Use of hard–nosed

circa 1927


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