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hard-boiled

[ hahrd-boild ]
/ ˈhɑrdˈbɔɪld /
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adjective
Cooking. (of an egg) boiled in the shell long enough for the yolk and white to solidify.
Informal. tough; unsentimental: a hard-boiled vice-squad detective.
marked by a direct, clear-headed approach; realistic: a hard-boiled appraisal of the foreign situation.
(of detective fiction) written in a laconic, dispassionate, often ironic style for a realistic, unsentimental effect.
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Origin of hard-boiled

1715–25; 1895–80 for def. 2; hard + boiled

OTHER WORDS FROM hard-boiled

hard-boiledness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hard-boiled

hard-boiled

adjective
(of an egg) boiled until the yolk and white are solid
informal
  1. tough, realistic
  2. cynical
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