\ ˈnōzd How to pronounce nosed (audio) \

Definition of nosed

: having a nose especially of a specified kind usually used in combination snub-nosed

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Chuck Holmes, a hard-nosed right wing who played for the Seattle Totems for six seasons in the 1960s and 1970s, died recently at the age of 84. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Nick Kahle powers Huskies to a series sweep of USC, winning 3-2 thriller with a single in the 10th," 24 Mar. 2019 Despite quarreling with some in the Phillies' organization early in his career, Rolen maintained a reputation as a hard-nosed, team-first player talented in all facets of the game. Ted Berg, USA TODAY, "Hall of Fame countdown: Scott Rolen's quietly strong candidacy will pick up steam," 8 Jan. 2018 Now, some eagle-nosed shoppers at Target have noticed that the big-box store stocks cleaning supplies that smell just like the Capri Blue candles. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Certain Cleaning Supplies From Target Smell Like the Best Anthropologie Candle, Apparently," 1 Feb. 2019 The rector of Buxhall’s wet-nosed terrier, Bumper—everyone has to start somewhere. Maxwell Carter, WSJ, "‘Gainsborough’ Review: A Special Light Shone Out of Him," 25 May 2018 Some wet-nosed visitors helped emergency dispatchers at the Boston Police Department celebrate National Public Safety Week. Alana Levene,, "Therapy dogs visit Boston police 911 dispatchers," 12 Apr. 2018 Both former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Mr. Trump’s nominee to succeed him, William Barr, have a more hard-nosed approach to crime and sentencing. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "Criminal Justice Bill Means Less Prison Time—and Earlier Releases," 17 Dec. 2018 Diane Keaton stars as a hard-nosed New York City business lady who inherits a baby girl and decides to move to the country. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "40 Classic Movies You Should See If You Love Rom-Coms," 2 Feb. 2017 In the run-up to the summit both nations engaged in hard-nosed negotiation, with Trump publically calling off the meeting in an effort to push Kim to agree to nuclear concessions. Zeke Miller And Matthew Lee, Fox News, "Pompeo asked by Trump to delay visit to North Korea," 25 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of nosed

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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: having a nose of a specified kind

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