hard-nosed

adjective
\ ˈhärd-ˈnōzd How to pronounce hard-nosed (audio) \

Definition of hard-nosed

1 : being tough, stubborn, or uncompromising

First Known Use of hard-nosed

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hard-nosed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard-nosed. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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hard-nosed

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How to pronounce hard-nosed (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hard-nosed

: very tough
: not influenced by emotions : practical and realistic

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