hard-assed

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hard-ass

(härd′ăs′)
n. Vulgar Slang
One who inflexibly follows or enforces rules.

hard′-assed′ (-ăst′) adj.
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hard-assed

adj
tough and uncompromising
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Completing Ranieri's first-choice eleven - and the former Tinkerman has named 11 of these players as starters in at least 27 of 36 league matches - are Shinji Okazaki, the Japan striker who runs marathons with a permanent smile and Christian Fuchs, a hard-assed Austrian left-back and masterstroke free-transfer.
Completing Ranieri's first-choice XI - and the former Tinkerman has named 11 of these players as starters in at least 27 of 36 league matches - are Shinji Okazaki, the Japanese striker who runs marathons with a permanent smile and Christian Fuchs, a hard-assed Austrian left-back and masterstroke free transfer.
Funny and freewheeling, humanistic and hard-assed, she shares many personal anecdotes, stories that lend the work a human counterweight, balancing its often dispassionate survey of the brain.
Deploying parody against her own language, Hardy represents (or de-represents) herself as, for instance, a somewhat manly woman, in bed, proudly displaying her underarm hair and padded undies to prospective viewers (or takers); a butch Hardy standing with a hard-assed expression on a ladder with short-shorts, black cowboy boots, white tank top, and what resembles a boxing champion's belt; and a bad-postured, frumpy, nerdy Hardy wearing horn-rimmed spectacles.
While training under hard-assed Hartman Fong (Taiwan's Richie Jen), he hears about legendary marksman Lincoln (mainland Chinese TV star Huang Xiaoming) and becomes obsessed with equaling or beating him.
The magazine was owned 50-50 by Peter Brandt and his ex-wife, Sandy Brandt, who left him for a woman--Ingrid Sischy, Interview's famously connected (and also hard-assed) editor-in-chief of 18 years.
One might hope for a hard-assed fiscal reformer to replace Joe, but that won't happen.
Blakeslee, the journalist who broke the story of Coleman's questionable reliability in The Texas Observer, suggests several reasons for the delay, including lazy defense attorneys, stubborn prosecutors, and hard-assed judges.
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