- The definition of hard nose is someone or something tough, focused, unbending or stubborn.
- An example of a hard nose business man who is ruthless in working and making deals.
- An example of a hard nose approach to dealing with drug problems is to throw all drug users in jail for years.
- indomitable; tough; stubborn
- shrewd and practical
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- hardnose noun
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