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  • adj. Of a person who has a very difficult personality; a perfectionist.


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  • I especially liked Hans Brauer (Darby on Sons of Anarchy) as the supposedly hard-assed covert agent who folded like a little kid once he discovered This is Not a Game.

    Checkmate : Bev Vincent

  • Back to Sherrie & Ellen: "When you do The Rules, he treats you like a fragile, delicate flower" -- even if you're a hard-assed CEO to the rest of the world!

    Jag Carrao: Bossy Bethenny, But Rulesy Bride

  • Her back straightened, her fingers tightened on the shotgun, and once again, I saw a glimmer of the hard-assed vampire that I remembered.


  • TV Doakes talks too much, and he ends up reminding me of about 275 other hard-assed cops.

    I also watch too much television

  • An ethic of old-fashioned, hard-assed knuckling down, less evident in today's society, often makes a more adept and resilient student than a culture of parental indulgence.

    Marian Salzman: Booting Up

  • Q: At one point, I started laughing even though it was a serious scene, because she's so cynical and hard-assed in a way.

    Brad Balfour: Vet Actress Melissa Leo Makes Frozen River a Hot Indie and Gets an Oscar Nom As Well

  • The 48-year-old former Ohioan plays Captain Tony Stone, a hard-assed soldier who has chosen to deliver death notifications to the families of soldiers killed in Iraq.

    Brad Balfour: Q&A: Actor Woody Harrelson Delivers The Messenger

  • But of all the events kicking up subway-related scuttlebutt, the recent release of a re-invented The Taking of Pelham 123 stirred the least ire and gave a lot of rears in the seatsquite a ride as Denzel Washington's Walter Garber -- a tainted MTA executive -- is forced to negotiate over the lives of a subway car full of hostages with John Travolta's Ryder, a hard-assed ex-con determined to score big time.

    Brad Balfour: Q&A: Master Director Tony Scott Offers One Helluva Ride With The Taking of Pelham 123

  • Why on Earth do we need hard-assed cops that think beating someone to death is an okay way to apprehend them?

    Bean Bag

  • His stories are set in a gritty Chicago, inhabited by bad boys, mob bosses, thiefs, burglars and hard-assed cops:

    Unsung Heroes


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