\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web Veteran coach Andrew Booth has a program that is among the most fundamental in the state and always plays hard-nosed defense. cleveland, "Breaking down district action in the Division I girls basketball playoffs," 12 Feb. 2021 Foster plays the former, Nancy Hollander, a New Mexico attorney who is at first presented as hard-nosed and unsentimental, focused solely on a narrow procedural issue of forcing prosecutors to provide the evidence against the prisoner. Kyle Smith, National Review, "An Oversimplified Look at a Gitmo Detainee," 12 Feb. 2021 Though Cannizzaro declined to run for a third term, Williams deplored the former DA's prosecutorial tactics on the campaign trail -- while painting Landrum, a former prosecutor, with the same hard-nosed brush. John Simerman,, "Jason Williams says office won't oppose parole bids as new DA launches reform agenda," 26 Jan. 2021 Soon enough, Rakocevic was helping build the Trojans into a national contender with his hard-nosed and inspirational attitude. Bob Narang,, "From Chicago to Los Angeles to China: St. Joseph product Nick Rakocevic continues basketball career with Zhejiang Golden Bulls," 6 Dec. 2020 Martin started his career at Arizona State has the bouncy-haired energizer off the bench, lifting his team with pizazz and hard-nosed defense. Dallas News, "Iowa’s Luka Garza, Baylor’s Jared Butler headline AP preseason All-America team," 11 Nov. 2020 Patrick’s rule changes and continuous reduction of Democrats’ sway in committee assignments underscore the chamber’s drift toward Washington-style, hard-nosed partisanship, said Rice University political scientist Mark Jones. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick further shrinks Senate Democrats’ clout, awards them few plum posts," 15 Jan. 2021 If a little snot-nosed kid coughs or sneezes on you, the gloves will pick it up. Mary Colurso |, al, "Santas in Alabama need a little extra magic this year (and maybe a plexiglass shield)," 22 Dec. 2020 Jake Scott, the free-spirited, hard-nosed free safety who was a cornerstone of the Miami Dolphins dynasty in the 1970s and the Most Valuable Player in Super Bowl VII, which capped the league’s only undefeated season, died on Thursday in Atlanta. Ken Belson, New York Times, "Jake Scott, Super Bowl M.V.P. for the Dolphins, Dies at 75," 22 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of nosed

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Nosed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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: having a nose of a specified kind

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