LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||14/OUT/2012 4:49 AM|
You use hard-nosed to describe someone who is tough and realistic, and who takes decisions on practical grounds rather than emotional ones.
INFORMAL adj usu ADJ n (=unsentimental)
If nothing else, Doug is a hard-nosed businessman.
businesslike, down-to-earth, hard-headed, hardline, practical, pragmatic, realistic, shrewd, tough, uncompromising, unsentimental.
In a quick search Google (and online dictionaries ) told me that hard-nose could be:
- Focused, unbending, stubborn.
- Guided by practical experience and observation rather by theory.
- Unsentimentally practical.
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