Definition of Hard-nosed

1. Adjective. Guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory. "Not ideology but pragmatic politics"

Exact synonyms: Hardheaded, Practical, Pragmatic
Similar to: Realistic
Derivative terms: Practicality, Practice, Pragmatism



Definition of Hard-nosed

1. Adjective. guided by practical experience and observation rather than by theory ¹

2. Adjective. (idiomatic) hardheaded ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hard-nosed

hard-boiled
hard-boiled egg
hard-code
hard-core
hard-favoured
hard-fisted
hard-fought
hard-handed
hard-headed
hard-hearted
hard-hitting
hard-line
hard-liner
hard-liners
hard-mouthed
hard-nosed (current term)
hard-of-hearing
hard-ons
hard-pressed
hard-sell
hard-shell
hard-shell clam
hard-shell crab
hard-skinned puffball
hard-to-please(a)
hard-wire
hard-wired
hard-won
hard-working

Literary usage of Hard-nosed

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1. The Benefits and Costs of Highway and Transit Investments: Highlights of an (2005)
"How can you let these views in and still force the conversation about them to be reasonably clear sighted and hard nosed? DR. LEWIS: That goes to my point ..."

2. The Mount Vernon Street Warrens: A Boston Story, 1860-1910 by Martin Burgess Green (1880)
"96 He composed a satirical sonnet about the hardheaded or hard-nosed company and its plans for the workers: But paper made of pulp, and pulp of men Appears ..."

3. Leon Abbett's New Jersey: The Emergence of the Modern Governor by Richard A. Hogarty (2001)
"As a hard-nosed lawyer, he did not shy away from conflict. If he could be hard on himself, he could be even harder on those who did not play ball with him. ..."

4. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of the State of by Montana Supreme Court, Supreme Court, Montana (1922)
"... by hard-nosed bullets, and if a soft-nosed bullet would not mushroom as soon as it struck tissue, the state was properly permitted on redirect, ..."

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