Definition of hard-nosed in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhärd ˈˌnōzd/


Realistic and determined; tough-minded: the hard-nosed, tough approach
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  • Far from seeming hard-nosed and realistic, they suddenly appear beside the point, if not immoral.
  • The men who were the midwives of the Jewish state were hard-nosed realists.
  • The pair are known as pragmatic, hard-nosed businessmen, and they are thought to have little sentimental attachment to the club.
tough-minded, unsentimental, no-nonsense, hardheaded, hard-bitten, pragmatic, realistic, down-to-earth, practical, rational, shrewd, astute, businesslike
informal hard-boiled, hard-edged

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