hard-nosed


hard-nosed
adjective
guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory
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a hardheaded appraisal of our position

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a hard-nosed labor leader

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completely practical in his approach to business

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not ideology but pragmatic politics

Syn: ↑hardheaded, ↑practical, ↑pragmatic
Similar to: ↑realistic
Derivationally related forms: ↑pragmatism (for: ↑pragmatic), ↑practice (for: ↑practical), ↑practicality (for: ↑practical)

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adj
hard-boiled, hard-headed, hard-bitten, tough, ruthless, realistic, practical, unsentimental
COLLOQ. no-nonsense

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adjective (informal) TOUGH-MINDED, unsentimental, no-nonsense, hard-headed, hardbitten, pragmatic, realistic, down-to-earth, practical, rational, shrewd, astute, businesslike; informal hard-boiled.
sentimental.

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\\ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷\ adjective

a hard-nosed scrapping breed — Breck Porter

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/hahrd"nohzd'/, adj. Informal.
hardheaded or tough; unsentimentally practical: a hard-nosed labor leader.
Also, hardnosed.
[1885-90]

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hard-nosed UK [ˌhɑː(r)d ˈnəʊzd] US [ˌhɑrd ˈnoʊzd] adjective
determined to succeed and not influenced by emotions

a hard-nosed businesswoman

Thesaurus: showing no emotions and unaffected by emotionssynonym determined and ambitioussynonym

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hard-nosed «HAHRD NOHZD», adjective.
Informal. stubborn; dogged: »

I was on fine terms with the…union delegate, when he saw I didn't intend to be hard-nosed and difficult about the company's interests (Saul Bellow).

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adj. informal realistic and determined; tough-minded

the hard-nosed, tough approach

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/ˈhɑɚdˈnoʊzd/ adj [more \hard-nosed; most \hard-nosed]
1 : very tough

She can be very hard-nosed in her business dealings.

a hard-nosed football player

2 : not influenced by emotions : practical and realistic :hardheaded

hard-nosed science/realism

a hard-nosed analysis

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ˌhard-ˈnosed [hard-nosed] adjective
not affected by feelings when trying to get what you want

a hard-nosed journalist


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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

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