hard-nosed


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hard-nosed

(härd′nōzd′)
adj.
Hardheaded.

hard-nosed

adj
informal tough, shrewd, and practical

hard-nosed

(ˈhɑrdˌnoʊzd)

adj.
Informal. hardheaded or tough; unsentimentally practical: a hard-nosed leader.
[1885–90]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.hard-nosed - 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"
realistic - aware or expressing awareness of things as they really are; "a realistic description"; "a realistic view of the possibilities"; "a realistic appraisal of our chances"; "the actors tried to create a realistic portrayal of the Africans"

hard-nosed

adjective tough (Informal) practical, realistic, shrewd, pragmatic, down-to-earth, hardline, uncompromising, businesslike, hard-headed, unsentimental, badass (slang, chiefly U.S.) a hard-nosed government, willing to do unpopular things
Translations

hard-nosed

[ˌhɑːdˈnəʊzd] ADJ (fig) → duro

hard-nosed

[ˌhɑːdˈnəʊzd] adj (fam) (person) → duro/a; (attitude) → da duro
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