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.
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How to use no-nonsense in a sentence
In those early days, no-nonsense Anna was a full partner in the business.‘The Harness Maker’s Dream:’ The Unlikely Ranch King of Texas | Nick Kotz | September 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Wiry and more grey man than charismatic, Votel is known for his no-nonsense, rather closed demeanor.Special Ops Commander Swears: I Won't Be Hillary's VP | Kimberly Dozier | August 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In addition to her stellar body of work, she will always be remembered for being the no-nonsense half of Bogie and Bacall.
At the final site meeting before construction began, Cain was in a no-nonsense mood.
A good-looking woman, she maintained a no-nonsense approach on her pioneering digs in south-east Anatolia.The Week in Death: The First Muslim Female Olympian Snubbed Adolf Hitler | The Telegraph | January 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They mostly had a no-nonsense look about them, as if they were not going to be satisfied with more oratory.And Then the Town Took Off | Richard Wilson
With their compact bodies and no-nonsense mannerisms they were recognizably Pyrran.Deathworld | Harry Harrison
"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
He was as much a "no-nonsense" fellow, in his way, as a magistrate, or a minister.'Evan Harrington, Complete | George Meredith
British Dictionary definitions for no-nonsense
sensible, practical, straightforward; without nonsense of any kind: a businesslike no-nonsense approach; a severe no-nonsense look
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