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hard-boiled

adjective
     
Related topics: Cooking
hard-boiled
1DFC a hard-boiled egg has been boiled until it becomes solid soft-boiled
2 informal
a) not showing your emotions and not influenced by your feelings [= tough]:
a hard-boiled marketing executive
b)

hard-boiled film/thriller/fiction etc

a film etc that deals with people who do not show their emotions

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