hard-nosed(redirected from hard nosed)
Strict and/or unfeeling. That guy seems so hard-nosed that I'm afraid to say hi to him!
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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.
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mod. stern and businesslike; unsympathetic. It takes a hard-nosed manager to run a place like this.
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