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+)
[hahrd-uh v-heer-ing] /ˈhɑrd əvˈhɪər ɪŋ/ adjective, noun 1. .
[hahrd-on, -awn] /ˈhɑrdˌɒn, -ˌɔn/ noun, plural hard-ons. Slang: Vulgar. 1. an erection of the penis. noun Related Terms have a hard-on for someone or something