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Describing a person who is tough and relentlessly practical and thus not given to sentiment.
Guided by practical experience and observation rather than by theory.
hard + nosed; originally referred to hard-tipped bullets.
She'd be willing to bet the woman was as hard nosed in her sleep.
From then on I knew that nothing was impossible in the very hard-nosed world of fashion.
I doubt whether these will be embraced by the hard-nosed tabloid reporters who stir up instant outrage over Turner Prize exhibitions.
Depending on the encyclopedia, this may be of use to the armchair amateur or the hard-nosed professional.
Penney, Rampage is still living up to its reputation for hard-nosed fashion, with its Leopard Print Patent Satchel.
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