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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But the new, hardnosed Villa that Martin O'Neill has created should sort out the struggling Londoners.
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Like Thoren, Christianson challenges the centuries-old portrayal of Tycho as a hardnosed empiricist which was initiated by Tycho's first biographer, Pierre Gassendi, in the seventeenth century.
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No pope in the last two centuries, including Pius IX and Pius XII, has come under more intense scrutiny and hardnosed criticism than the present incumbent.