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hard-boiled

1. Literally, having reached a solid state through boiling, as of eggs. Mom is making hard-boiled eggs for breakfast.
2. Tough and dispassionate; hardened by experience. My brother, the hard-boiled police officer, becomes a gushing fool if you ask him about his baby daughter.

hardboiled

mod. tough; heartless. Do you have to act so hardboiled?
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Chandler's abandonment of that story's conceit underscores some of the major conventions of hardboiled detective fiction: the stark individualism of the detective, his antagonistic relationships with women, and above all the codes of masculinity that are typified by detachment and violence.
Because this desire runs afoul of what Christopher Breu describes as the hardboiled "suppression of affect," it only manifests in passing remarks that betray the hardboiled facade (2005, 1).
Clearly, much of the European interest in the hardboiled form is related to the interest in film noir.
One of the most interesting recent metafictional uses of the subgenre is in Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World (1993), by Haruki Murakami, who writes in Japanese but teaches at Princeton.
If this is true, we might then imagine that in hardboiled crime fiction we are, equally valuably and importantly, treated to the worst that has been thought and said (and done) by members of our culture whose thoughts and words are, because of their social class, less often recorded.
Hardboiled fiction seems to have appeared first in a magazine called the <IR> BLACK MASK </IR> (founded 1919), and its development was closely associated with the editor, Joseph T.
The line features an exciting mix of lost pulp masterpieces from some of the most acclaimed crime writers of all time and gripping new novels from the next generation of great hardboiled authors, all with new painted covers in the grand pulp style.
However, as large free-range eggs normally cost 25p each in supermarkets, the 50p-a-time hardboiled price means shoppers will be paying twice as much for the luxury of having their eggs pre-cooked.
Use undiluted food colouring or acrylic paints to paint on hardboiled eggs and let the eggs sit in egg cups until they dry.
While their installations often feel like slavish, if stylish, illustrations of hardboiled critical theory, Diller + Scofidio are at their best when working within rather than outside the constraints of a given architectural program.
Watching Washington policymakers and the media punditocracy discuss plans to kill large numbers of people and/or the extrajudicial termination of specific individuals with a casualness one could expect from the most hardboiled of terrorists inspires a certain queasiness.
detective fiction paradigm, as constructed by Chandler) and do they come, thus, to represent at best nostalgic traces of the hardboiled tradition?
If you're one of those readers who's just got to know whodunit, ``A Hardboiled Saturday'' might satisfy the craving.
With even more groundbreaking gameplay features, a gripping new hardboiled story and high cinematic production values, `Dead to Rights II: Hell to Pay' redefines the highly successful Action-Noir genre established by the original.
Geoffrey O'Brien, editor in chief of the Library of America, is the author of Hardboiled America (Da capo, 1997) and The Phantom Empire: Movies in the Mind of the Twentieth Century (Norton, 1993).