from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Vulgar Slang One who inflexibly follows or enforces rules.

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  • adj. tough, uncompromising and inflexible
  • n. A tough and combative person.


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  • If she were a man, she’d be called a hard-ass, but because she wore skirts, she was referred to by some as a real bitch.

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  • I can be a hard-ass, but I shut my office door and sat down and cried.

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  • Gibbs is a hard-ass, but a very nice hard-ass, who usually has all the answers thanks to his well-honed "gut."

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  • It centres on high-flying, hard-ass LA business executive Amy Laura Dern, who has a nervous breakdown in front of her equally high-flying, hard-ass colleagues and then returns to work after a three-month retreat in Hawaii and a spiritual awakening that causes her to twirl round the place saying things like: "You can change and be an agent of change."

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  • Morgan is creepy and haunted, Rick is tired and haunted, Abraham is a haunted hard-ass, and Carl is just the survivor-kid who seems to be able to handle anything.

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  • I jokingly call my mother Mommie Dearest because she's a hard-ass, but without her constantly in my face, I'd never get anywhere.

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  • Every accident is different, and no amount of hard-ass opinion can change the fact that sometimes it's criminally negligent, and sometimes it's just a tragic accident.

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  • Yet, even with daily interactions with guys like Alonzo, even though my friends and I were going to this hard-ass all black junior high in Brooklyn, it was still a tremendously trepidatious thing to venture uptown to 125th St to catch the Soul and R&B acts that we loved at The (legendary) Apollo the year that Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated.

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  • I am no safety hard-ass, but children are a serious safety hazard in a laboratory and should not be there at all unless they are just passing through and are under the direct control of an adult.

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  • I like to be a hard-ass about deadlines, you know, but it's difficult to be a hard-ass when it comes to stuff like a blogging carnival.

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