hard–boiled

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adjective \-ˈbȯi(-ə)ld\

Definition of hard–boiled

  1. 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. 2 :  hardheaded, practical <hard–boiled business decisions>

1886

First Known Use of hard–boiled

1886


HARD–BOILED Defined for English Language Learners

hard–boiled

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adjective \-ˈbȯi(-ə)ld\

Definition of hard–boiled for English Language Learners

  • 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


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