hard-nosed

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hard-nosed

Strict and/or 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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The former styles himself on the hard nosed interviewers of the west and usually gets away with it but this time he seems to have bit off more than he could chew.
Ospreys elite performance director Andrew Hore said: "McInerney is a robust, hard nosed and uncompromising player with excellent lineout ability."
Rachel Spence, head of policy with the North-East Chamber, said: "We don't feel we are being particularly hard nosed, but there was a feeling at the meeting that `enough is enough'."
"He's a hard nosed guy who will go back into the corners and It hurt again right away.
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.