There are reasons, in other words, for hard-shell conservatives to give him the gimlet eye.
What the hard-shell righties want to know is not about the boring issue of consular security.
One main culprit was the hard-shell helmet that had essentially become a spearing weapon.
From a policy perspective, this is the next battleground, the pressure point of resistance for the hard-shell ideologues.
But, you say, you have heard of "hard-shell" and "soft-shell" crabs, and want to know the difference?
He is such a hard-shell being that he cannot put out feelers to his kind.
The Almonds commonly sold by nurserymen in the east are hard-shell varieties, and the nuts are not good enough for commerce.
These people boast that their hard-shell wheat is decidedly superior to that of Dakota and Minnesota.
The former is sold in the San Francisco markets as the "hard-shell clam."
When the oyster season closes in April, the hard-shell clam comes into vogue, the season lasting until September or October.
Strict; conservative; hard-core: her hard-shell manner, her hipped-up weariness