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[noh-non-sens, -suh ns] /ˈnoʊˈnɒn sɛns, -səns/
not tolerating anything frivolous or trifling; firm and businesslike:
a no-nonsense approach to money matters; a no-nonsense teacher with well-behaved classes.
economical or utilitarian; practical:
a no-nonsense car that gets excellent gas mileage.
plain and simple; not fancy, complicated, or elegant:
no-nonsense recipes for easy preparation.
Origin of no-nonsense
First recorded in 1925-30
1. earnest, diligent, resolute, purposeful. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for no-nonsense
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  • He was as much a "no-nonsense" fellow, in his way, as a magistrate, or a minister.'

    Evan Harrington, Complete George Meredith
  • "I've been looking around," Malone said in what he hoped was a grim, no-nonsense tone.

    Occasion for Disaster Gordon Randall Garrett
  • He won't be capable of taking a no-nonsense, dogmatic, black-and-white stand.

    Psichopath Gordon Randall Garrett
  • With their compact bodies and no-nonsense mannerisms they were recognizably Pyrran.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • They mostly had a no-nonsense look about them, as if they were not going to be satisfied with more oratory.

British Dictionary definitions for no-nonsense


sensible, practical, straightforward; without nonsense of any kind: a businesslike no-nonsense approach, a severe no-nonsense look
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for no-nonsense

"not tolerating foolishness, businesslike," 1928," from phrase to stand no nonsense, which is attested from 1821, originally in sporting slang.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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