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hard-boiled egg

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hard-boiled egg

noun phrase

A severe and pugnacious person; tough guy: Our asi idea of a hero is really a ''hard-boiled egg''

[1880s+; because ''it can't be beat'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • I could have had a hard-boiled egg, or a slice of ham; but I did not want a hard-boiled egg, or a slice of ham.

    Diary of a Pilgrimage Jerome K. Jerome
  • "We warned you at the time about the fourth hard-boiled egg," I said.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • Cut a hard-boiled egg into slices one eighth of an inch thick.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
  • Garnish with lettuce, chopped yolk of hard-boiled egg and capers.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
  • Serve on toast and garnish with hard-boiled egg cut in slices.

  • Lift to a hot platter and garnish with a slice of hard-boiled egg.

    Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book Mary A. Wilson
  • The twins, because they were the guests, were given each a hard-boiled egg.

  • First of all, cover each slice with a thin layer of hard-boiled egg that has been pressed through a sieve or chopped very fine.

    Sandwiches Sarah Tyson Heston Rorer
  • Put a couple of thin slices of hard-boiled egg and lemon in each plate and pour the hot soup in.

    Cookery for Little Girls Olive Hyde Foster
  • His customary breakfast was comprised of a hard-boiled egg, a slice of tongue, dry toast and tea.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook

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