Cookery. (of an egg) in the shell long enough for the yolk and white to solidify.
Informal. tough; unsentimental:
a hard-boiled vice-squad detective.
marked by a direct, clear-headed approach; realistic:
a hard-boiled appraisal of the foreign situation.
(of detective fiction) written in a laconic, dispassionate, often ironic style for a realistic, unsentimental effect.
verb (used with object)
to boil (an egg) until the yolk and white have become firm or solid.
(of an egg) boiled until the yolk and white are solid
also hardboiled, 1723 in reference to eggs, from hard + boiled. In transferred sense “severe, tough,” from 1886.
Severe and uncompromising; strict and pugnacious; tough: The rather hard-boiled painting that hangs in Father’s office
[1886+; fr hardboiled egg]
- Hard-boiled egg
noun phrase A severe and pugnacious person; tough guy: Our asi idea of a hero is really a ”hard-boiled egg” [1880s+; because ”it can’t be beat”]
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