Definition of hard-nosed in English:



  • Realistic and determined; tough-minded.

    ‘a hard-nosed businessman’
    • ‘Far from seeming hard-nosed and realistic, they suddenly appear beside the point, if not immoral.’
    • ‘The men who were the midwives of the Jewish state were hard-nosed realists.’
    • ‘The pair are known as pragmatic, hard-nosed businessmen, and they are thought to have little sentimental attachment to the club.’
    • ‘The hard-nosed realists in the OHL and their associates knew otherwise.’
    • ‘He is a hard-nosed businessman ready for any challenge.’
    • ‘His methods fit what was probably the requirements of the time and place for a hard-nosed businessman.’
    • ‘It is this sheep-like loyalty that has turned many a hard-nosed businessman into a servile crony.’
    • ‘They were considered the epitome of hard-nosed business thinking about public problems.’
    • ‘Kim Dae Jung is both a visionary and a shrewd, hard-nosed politician.’
    • ‘However it seems increasingly clear that it has been well out of its depth in the hard-nosed world of big business that the health service has now become.’
    • ‘He left that image to dwell on and returned to it after the hard-nosed business audit was over and after he had walloped Hague and the shadow cabinet.’
    • ‘Companies run by hard-nosed business people wouldn't be spending millions on it if it didn't work.’
    • ‘Yet, putting sentiment aside, land management has to be considered as a hard-nosed business.’
    • ‘Although a hard-nosed pragmatist, Waugh was hurt that his batting was not given due credit.’
    • ‘It is this sort of hard-nosed pragmatism that has taken Edinburgh to the brink of history.’
    • ‘If Scout leaders really want to teach financial survival skills to a new generation, they need a much more hard-nosed approach.’
    • ‘Hence the need for real realism, for a view more clear-eyed and hard-nosed than we've had before.’
    • ‘Corporates are shedding their earlier aloof attitude and taking a more hard-nosed approach.’
    • ‘It's not all bad news for the former Chorlton convent girl, whose hard-nosed approach to her job earned a lot of admirers.’
    • ‘He is a tough, hard-nosed player who is playing with more emotion than ever.’
    tough-minded, unsentimental, down-to-earth, no-nonsense, hard-headed, hard-bitten, pragmatic, clear-thinking, realistic, practical, rational, shrewd, astute, businesslike
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