soft-nosed

adjective

Definition of soft-nosed

of a bullet
: having a hard metal jacket that covers all but the nose and encloses a soft core and mushrooming upon striking an object

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“Soft-nosed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/soft-nosed. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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