Hard-nosed meaning

härd'nōzd'
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.

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Hardheaded.
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Indomitable; tough; stubborn.
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Shrewd and practical.
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Describing a person who is tough and relentlessly practical and thus not given to sentiment.
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(idiomatic) Hardheaded, stubborn.
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Origin of hard-nosed

hard + nosed; originally referred to hard-tipped bullets.