hard-nosed


hard-nosed
 critical, inflexible.
 ► “Over the years, and without consistent gains, Washington has tried everything from the GLAD HAND to the hard nose to wrest open the Japanese economy.” (Wall Street Journal, Aug. 26, 1994, p. A6)

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  • hard-nosed — {adj.}, {slang} Tough or rugged; very strict; not weak or soft; stubborn, especially in a fight or contest. * /Joe s father was a hard nosed army officer who had seen service in two wars./ * /Pete is a good boy; he plays hard nosed football./… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hard-nosed — {adj.}, {slang} Tough or rugged; very strict; not weak or soft; stubborn, especially in a fight or contest. * /Joe s father was a hard nosed army officer who had seen service in two wars./ * /Pete is a good boy; he plays hard nosed football./… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hard-nosed — adj. facing reality squarely; guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory; tough and pragmatic; as, a hard nosed businessman. Syn: down to earth, hardheaded, practical, pragmatic. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hard-nosed — [ ,hard nouzd ] adjective determined to succeed and not influenced by emotions: a hard nosed businesswoman …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hard-nosed — UK US /ˌhɑːdˈnəʊzd/ adjective ► practical and determined: »a hard nosed negotiator …   Financial and business terms

  • hard-nosed — adj [usually before noun] not affected by emotions, and determined to get what you want ▪ a hard nosed businessman …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hard-nosed — (adj.) stubborn, 1927, from HARD (Cf. hard) + NOSE (Cf. nose) (n.). Earlier of bullets or shells with hard tips, and of dogs that had difficulty following a scent …   Etymology dictionary

  • hard-nosed — / hardheaded [adj] stubborn astute, bullheaded*, hard*, hard boiled*, headstrong, intractable, levelheaded, locked in*, mulish, obstinate, pertinacious, perverse, pigheaded*, practical, pragmatic, rational, realistic, resolute, sensible, shrewd,… …   New thesaurus

  • hard-nosed — ☆ hard nosed [härd′nōzd΄ ] adj. Informal 1. indomitable; tough; stubborn 2. shrewd and practical hardnose n …   English World dictionary

  • hard-nosed — ► ADJECTIVE informal ▪ realistic and tough minded …   English terms dictionary

  • hard-nosed — adjective guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory a hardheaded appraisal of our position a hard nosed labor leader completely practical in his approach to business not ideology but pragmatic politics • Syn: ↑hardheaded,… …   Useful english dictionary