no-nonsense

adjective
no-non·​sense | \ ˈnō-ˌnän-ˌsen(t)s How to pronounce no-nonsense (audio) , -ˈnän(t)-sən(t)s\

Definition of no-nonsense

: tolerating no nonsense : serious, businesslike a no-nonsense manager

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1853, in the meaning defined above

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no-nonsense

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of no-nonsense

: very serious about doing things in a direct and efficient way without any foolishness or nonsense

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