hard-nosed


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Related to hard-nosed: relentlessly, exhilarating, disorderliness, be in a rut
  • adj

Synonyms for hard-nosed

Synonyms for hard-nosed

guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory

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It will be a hard-nosed attitude," declared Gatland.
His characterization of the flawed but lovable hard-nosed hero is inspired.
He feels like a fish out of water as he comes to terms with a unfamiliar environment and an archaic CID unit, headed by hard-nosed Philip Glenister, who gets results by brute force.
We did not find Aetna to be "provider-friendly" but to be the hard-nosed organization they claim they have moved away from.
WORRIED Gate Gourmet boss David Siegel told hard-nosed T&G union chief Tony Woodley he wants to meet BA head Rod Eddington.
There was also no doubt that he was hoping the group would do some hard-nosed politicking for him as his ethics troubles escalate.
Upon arrival, he is partnered with Detective Meyers, a bald-headed, tough-talking, hard-nosed cop who is feared by all who know him.
There is no question that loyalty schemes are working, but only for those who commit to investing in them and meet hard-nosed performance targets.
First, Emma Thompson's little boy has a run-in with a hard-nosed headmistress (Anne Reid, above, right)--who later shows her soft side at home with her partner (Frances de la Tour), who's bedridden with cancer.
So when we started reading the confessions of a hard-nosed football coach last spring, we didn't expect any revelations.
You could run into a hard-nosed examiner who could hold that reporters are not exempt, especially in cases that involve a lot of 10:00 p.
Similarly, Argentine farm-equipment manufacturer Agrometal look its hard-nosed management style into the booming soybean export business, and they aren't looking back.
3) The sweeping plant-like curves of Art Nouveau had given way to the streamlined aerodynamic curves of aircraft and cars, and, more emphatically, a hard-nosed geometric angularity reflecting industrial engines of the early twentieth century.
The NRP, hard-nosed opponents of a Palestine state, attracts most of its support from among the settlers in Gaza and the West Bank.
From the preposterous New Age mind cure of Deepak Chopra to the hard-nosed confidence of Think and Grow Rich, few offer much beyond a variation on working hard, being specific in formulating your goals, and treating others well in order to get what you want (whether you call this manipulation or "karma").