American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Hardheaded.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In hunting, having little or no sense of smell: said of dogs.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. facing reality squarely; guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory; tough and pragmatic.
- adj. guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory
“The suggestion of a secret life led by the high-profile former sheriff has roiled the suburban Denver county where Sullivan was known as a hard-nosed lawman who served on a national law enforcement task force in the 1990s.”
“He was known as a hard-nosed officer who was solidly respected by his troops, and he’d handled tough assignments before.”
“The authors are crusaders for hard-nosed research and evaluation in particular, randomized controlled trials, the social science gold standard of anti-poverty programs to inform an idealized donor, foundation program officer or social investor of the future, namely, the perfectly rational decision-maker.”
“The softhearted utopian became the hard-nosed defender of the faith.”
“By 1998, the year of the documentary and the year he and Obama schmoozed in Chicago, an Israeli scholar named Justus Reid Weiner had already done two years of hard-nosed research on the excellent adventures of Edward Said.”
“Experience had not extinguished the last embers of her schoolgirl infatuation with the image of the hard-nosed, good-hearted newspaper reporter.”
“The Vulcans, who prided themselves on their hard-nosed appreciation of the harsh realities of the national security realm, would go on to preside over the most devastating national security failure in American history.”
“She owed Epstein—mentor, hard-nosed boss, fellow samurai—more than that.”
“I was particularly impressed by the deeply penitent response of one of the most hard-nosed nuclear advocates, Sir Peregrine Worsthorne.”
“Those qualities, along with her "hard-nosed, physical play," had earned her the coveted captain's spot, Mr. Grezinsky said.”
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