(to be) hard-nosed

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - hard-nosed

"(to be) hard-nosed"

to be stern and unforgiving;

to be practical and determined;

to be unsympathetic


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - hard-nosed

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 completely hard-nosed.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - hard-nosed

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 a hard-nosed student. I am sure he will work hard and graduate with his class.

(to be) hard-nosed - Usage:


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(to be) hard-nosed - Gerund Form:

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

(to be) hard-nosed - Examples:

1)  ... wondering why I'd ever left New York, a city with a reputation for hard-nosed 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-nosed. But I am offended by its exploitation for marketing purposes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13)  Some people in the prison are really hard-nosed, really skeptical.

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

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

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

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

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

19)  They were powerful enough to bring this often hard-nosed corporate officer to tears.

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