hard-nosed

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hard-nosed

Strict and unfeeling. That guy seems so hard-nosed that I'm afraid to say hi to him!

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

mod. stern and businesslike; unsympathetic. It takes a hard-nosed manager to run a place like this.
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This hard nosed attitude is at the root of the government's frustration and distrust, and to its demand for breakup as the appropriate sanction.