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hard-boiledˌhard-ˈboiled adjective  1 DFCa hard-boiled egg has been boiled until it becomes solid soft-boiled2 informal a) not showing your emotions and not influenced by your feelings syn 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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hard-boileda hard-boiled businesswomanhard-boiled detective novelsA practical nurse brought old red wine, a silver tray of smoked salmon, crumbled hard-boiled egg, capers and lemon.For example, there is the hard-boiled egg diet where four to six eggs are eaten each day.He arrived at the picnic when even the last hard-boiled egg had been consumed.Halve six hard-boiled eggs and lay 3 on each plate.Stuffed hard-boiled eggs, most often called deviled eggs, can be spicy, plain or very exotic.There were bowls of coleslaw and potato salad laced with green peas, buttered garlic rolls and hard-boiled eggs.Blanche told him what Spittals had said and he looked at her with his brown, hard-boiled eyes.Since then, Johnson has established himself as a novelist with the large, messy talent of a hard-boiled poet.
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