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Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
- cooked in boiling water until both the white and yolk solidify: said of eggs
- ☆ Informal not affected by sentiment, pity, etc.; tough; callous
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- Cooked by boiling in the shell to a solid consistency. Used of eggs.
- Callous; unfeeling.
- Unsentimental and practical; tough.