serious news of widespread import, concerning politics, foreign affairs, or the like, as distinguished from routine news items, feature stories, or human-interest stories.
Information that is definite and verifiable, free of conjecture (1938+)
[hahrd-nis] /ˈhɑrd nɪs/ noun 1. the state or quality of being : the hardness of ice. 2. a relative degree or extent of this quality: wood of a desirable hardness. 3. that quality in water that is imparted by the presence of dissolved salts, especially calcium sulfate or bicarbonate. 4. unfeelingness or jadedness; callousness. 5. […]
[hahrd-nohz] /ˈhɑrdˌnoʊz/ noun, Slang. 1. a person who is tough, practical, and unsentimental, especially in business: We need a hard-nose to run the department.
[hahrd-nohzd] /ˈhɑrdˌnoʊzd/ adjective, Informal. 1. hardheaded or tough; unsentimentally practical: a hard-nosed labor leader. adjective 1. (informal) tough, shrewd, and practical adj. “stubborn,” 1927, from hard + nose (n.). Earlier of bullets or shells with hard tips, and of dogs that had difficulty following a scent. Not in common use before 1950s, when it begins […]
- Hard nut
noun a difficult or uncompromising person; a tough and insensitive person Examples He’s a hard nut, all right. Word Origin 1888 Usage Note slang noun A difficult or uncompromising person: was a hard nut, that’s for sure (1888+)