hard-nosed


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hard-nosed

Fig. stern and unforgiving. Mr. Howe was known to be very hard-nosed, but he could really be friendly if you got to know him.

hard-nosed

practical and determined Keaton has a reputation as a hard-nosed businessman who always gets what he wants. The new hard-nosed management style is unpopular amongst employees.

hard-nosed

mod. stern and businesslike; unsympathetic. It takes a hard-nosed manager to run a place like this.
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Gatland is adamant his hard-nosed approach can pay dividends in the Six Nations and reckons Wales will be credible title contenders again if they beat England next week.
It takes more than a traditional hard-nosed boss to direct the independent Danish dancers; Andersen and Riggins know this.
The buyers adopt a hard-nosed policy, which is understandable as this is the environment in which they operate.
They were founded on a fanciful but impractical idea that could not work in the real world of complicated markets, fickle consumers, and hard-nosed competitors.
He insist that, "today right-wing conservatives can quote King's speeches in order to criticize affirmative action while school children grow up learning only about the great pacifist not the hard-nosed critic of economic justice.
At least on the basis of Carolyn ChristovBakargiev's volume Arte Povera (Phaidon, 1999), it seems fair to summarize arte povera's primary texts as more partisan celebration than hard-nosed staking out of analytical ground.
Whether a securitization loan or conventional bank mortgage, the analyst or lending officer will require a hard-nosed assessment of the actual dollars which will he needed to ensure that the outcome of their efforts will not be a problem loan.
But there are indications that even hard-nosed practitioners of politics and diplomacy are beginning to recognize that these concepts, sometimes derided as `soft and squishy', have more of a part than they realized.
Have we been seduced into the misconception that health care is first a business that demands macho, hard-nosed, and confrontational behaviors?
Many computer resellers contribute to the fleecing of the general public by employing hard-nosed salespeople whose goal is to sell you any system-not necessarily the one that's right for you.
So, until your management gains confidence in your marketing program, it will have to be pretty hard-nosed about controlling marketing activities and their related costs.
He's always been a hard-nosed kid, but his ball-handling is so much better.
Maxwell's girlfriend, DS Jacquie Carpenter, and her hard-nosed boss investigate.
AUS network is reviving the 1970's small-screen series with Pulp Fiction star Ving Rhames playing the hard-nosed New York detective whose ctachphrase was 'who loves ya, baby'.
HARD-NOSED buyers are managing to knock up to 15pc off the price of a property, saving nearly pounds 25,000 on an average home costing pounds 163,000, research showed today.