hard-boiled hard-boiled

Definition(s):

  1. (adj) tough and callous by virtue of experience
  2. (adj) used of persons; emotionally hardened
  3. (adj) (eggs) cooked until the yolk is solid

Usage(s):

  1. Along them wanders Philip Marlowe, a cynical, perfectly hard-boiled private investigator hired by an old millionaire to find the husband of his beautiful, bitchy wildcat daughter.
  2. It turns out to be a neglected work of smart, tense, hard-boiled crime comix with more going on than just the usual violence.
  3. He won the 1999 National Book Critics Circle Award for Motherless Brooklyn, which is basically a hard-boiled mystery retrofitted with great writing and highfalutin themes.

News

  1. 3 Characters Disney Should Consider for Its First R-Rated Comic Book Film

    The House of Mouse is going to have to get hard-boiled.        
    on June 22, 2013     Source: The Motley Fool

  2. Rick Sweeney is tough, but only on the outside

    Central to most boxing movies is the crusty trainer, the one who would pass for just an irascible old coot were it not for his fighter who draws us in for a closer look. We learn through Balboa that behind Mick’s rough exterior is a true softy. Maggie does the same for Frankie in “Million Dollar Baby.” Although clichés, these hard-boiled characters really are in the sport. Take Albany’s Rick ...
    on June 20, 2013     Source: The Troy Record

  3. Simple technique makes fresh hard-boiled eggs easy to peel.

    Blog partner Kathleen Bauer at GoodStuffNW reveals a secret for easy-to-peel hard-boiled eggs using farm fresh eggs.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: The Oregonian

Quotes

  1. "Brett had his two hard-boiled eggs, a little bit of orange juice," Mangini said with the slightest grin. "There was a garnish, I think, and some hashbrowns. And I can take you through minute-by-minute after that."
    on Aug 10, 2008 By: Eric Mangini Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. In "Ace in the Hole," perhaps director Billy Wilder's darkest film, the actress Jan Sterling tells Kirk Douglas' Chuck Tatum, an ethically challenged reporter, "I've met a lot of hard-boiled eggs in my time, but you - you're 20 minutes."
    on Feb 3, 2008 By: Jan Sterling Source: TheDay

  3. "There are things about eating that I will miss," Kobayashi said. "The sandwiches, the hard-boiled eggs, the satisfying feeling you get after replenishing your body's nutrients, and especially the fried dumplings."
    on Jul 4, 2009 By: Takeru Kobayashi Source: al.com

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