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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!
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

hard-nosed

mod. stern and businesslike; unsympathetic. It takes a hard-nosed manager to run a place like this.
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