(to be) hard as nails

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - hard as nails

"(to be) hard as nails"

to be stern and unforgiving;

to be strong and determined;

to be unsympathetic


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - hard as nails

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Is your brother coming home tomorrow?

Colleague 2:  Yes.  I'm very excited to see him.

Colleague 1:  Did the boss give you the day off so that you can meet your brother at the airport?

Colleague 2:  No.

Colleague 1:  I've heard of the boss being unsympathetic but that is being completely hard as nails.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - hard as nails

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How is your son?

Friend 2:  He's getting better. After six weeks in bed from a football injury, I think he will be ready to go back to school next week.

Friend 1:  Is it going to be difficult for him to catch up with his schoolwork?

Friend 2:  It may be a challenge but my son is hard as nails. I am sure he will work hard and graduate with his class.

(to be) hard as nails - Usage:


(to be) hard as nails - Gerund Form:

Being hard as nails, the police officer denied the request for only giving a warning and gave the motorist a ticket.

(to be) hard as nails - Examples:

1)  ... wondering why I'd ever left New York, a city with a reputation for hard as nails cynicism but where the people I knew were lit up with easy generosity and ...

2)  I try to be flexible. And I don't want to be hard as nails. But I am offended by its exploitation for marketing purposes.

3)  It's not like the political process couldn't benefit from real hard as nails accounting and data-driven skepticism.

4)  If you get a pleasure in doing things yourself or you're just a bit hard as nails when it comes to asking for help, ...

5)  Psychopaths are completely driven by their own hard as nails self-interest. Though they may feign concern for others, appearing warm, considerate and ...

6)  Nice guy? Seriously? He is a hard as nails right wing opportunist who, ...

7)  The tea party has done its job, and for all practical purposes its hard as nails, no-compromise ideology now controls the Republican Party ...

8)  ... if Strobel is to play the part of the skeptical, hard as nails reporter, he shouldn't let contradictions pass without exploration.

9)  Which is really all I know about him. He may be hard as nails or a soft touch. He may be a stickler for the rules or willing ...

10)  ... but the governor has been equally hard as nails in opposing their proposed budget cuts.

11)  ... people who have both the ardor of their liberal convictions and a hard as nails take on reality.

12)  To illegalize behavior is the lowest form of addressing problems. This hard as nails approach to dealing with human issues is the conservative approach and it makes for a ...

13)  Some people in the prison are really hard as nails, really skeptical.

14)  This is the result of hard as nails investigative reporting by a team of CBS news journalists, ...

15)  ... next wave of global growth. An increasing number of companies known for their hard as nails approach to business -- such as Google, IBM, Intel, Johnson & Johnson ...

16)  While many questioned her hard as nails tactics as a corporate infighter, as well as some of her decisions, ...

17)  For his foes, he is combative, belligerent, pugnacious, intimidating, hard as nails and bombastic.

18)  Things began getting ugly, even by the hard as nails standards of Maryland party politics.

19)  They were powerful enough to bring this often hard as nails corporate officer to tears.

20)  Claims in this area are often based on wishful thinking rather than a hard as nails sense of what's practical.