hard-nosed

or hard·nosed

[ hahrd-nohzd ]
/ ˈhɑrdˌnoʊzd /

adjective Informal.

hardheaded or tough; unsentimentally practical: a hard-nosed labor leader.

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Origin of hard-nosed

First recorded in 1885–90
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British Dictionary definitions for hard-nosed

hard-nosed

adjective

informal tough, shrewd, and practical
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