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  • adj. Describing a person who is tough and relentlessly practical and thus not given to sentiment.


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  • Cohen spent most of his career in the intelligence directorate, where he was known as a hardnosed manager and gained a measure of notoriety for writing a report, later dismissed by an internal CIA review, that blamed the Soviets for the 1981 assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II.

    NYPD Intelligence making FBI blue

  • He wasn't a "hardnosed" prosecutor; he was a criminal who had lucked into gaining prosecutorial discretion and prosecutorial immunity.

    From penetrating the world of prostitution to penetrating the prostitute.

  • The presence of the police and the defence force in the area had been beefed up, and "hardnosed" investigations into past violence in the area were continuing, Mufamadi said.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Yep, Burns would have thought this was a good game, representative of the kind of hardnosed hockey he coached in both cities. - Home Page

  • Making matters worse is that he was Eisenhower High Schools Former Youth Officer who was known for being a very aggressive cop and being "hardnosed"


  • Suspected fraudsters are to face covert surveillance and telephone tapping in a new "hardnosed" drive by the Serious Fraud Office to nip frauds in the bud, its director has told The - Business News

  • Certainly, such adverse events do not inspire the same kind of hardnosed story the newspaper or TV network would run about a failing automaker or fallen celebrity.

    J-Source - Articles

  • Two days later, Hoover resumed his plea to the president for action on oil for Europe but Ike stuck with his hardnosed policy.38 He restated his intent to withhold assistance until the invading powers “accepted”—that was his carefully chosen word—“immediate withdrawal of their troops.”

    Eisenhower 1956

  • Revenge is the watercooler new show of the season, and part of that is thanks to Stowe's divine ice queen Victoria Grayson, whom she plays with a hardnosed yet vulnerable touch.

    Golden Globes Predictions: Who Will Win?

  • By being more exploitative, these rivals can more quickly come up with the money to invest in new technology, and soon their more modern operations will have the ability to undercut less hardnosed producers.

    Mark Engler: Newman's Own as Alternative Economics


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