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hard-nosed

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishhard-nosedˌhard-ˈnosed adjective [usually before noun]  EMOTIONALnot affected by emotions, and determined to get what you want a hard-nosed businessman
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hard-nosedBreeding programs for apes are a failure, and even hard-nosed experimenters will be turning the tide.The book is certainly authoritative but may well daunt the uncommitted reader by its relentlessly hard-nosed factuality.Philadelphia, which has a reputation for manufacturing tough, hard-nosed fighters.Or the hard-nosed, insistent, tough approach.a hard-nosed negotiatorHolbrooke has a justified reputation as a hard-nosed negotiator.For some one who worked in what she believed to be such a hard-nosed profession he retained a sensitive streak.To be very hard-nosed there is also a vested interest in running an efficient information service for a band.There will no hard-nosed trade negotiations on this trip.
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