hard-nosed hard-nosed


  • (adj) guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory



  1. He put his empire together over 20 years and often used hard-nosed tactics to get what he wanted.
  2. Researchers can gather all the hard-nosed evidence they want about the effectiveness of a particular drug or treatment.
  3. The arc of Corazon Aquino's life lent itself to maxims, but two hard-nosed ones seem particularly worth pointing out.


  1. Twice as nice: West York claims back-to-back PIAA Class AAA baseball titles

    STATE COLLEGE -- This time, all West York needed was a couple of hard-nosed pitching performances and the will to survive. Actually, the Bulldogs have carried that last part to every stop this baseball postseason.Rowdy West York became the...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: The Patriot-News

  2. Wild Re-signs Veilleux

    The Minnesota Wild has re-signed one of its hard-nosed depth players. The club has re-signed forward Stephane Veilleux to a two-year, two-way contract. The 31-year-old skated in two playoff contests for Minnesota this season. He notched eight...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Minnesota Wild

  3. Busch, Keselowski to race rare tripleheader

    NASCAR fans are in for a treat when the summer tour heads to Kentucky later this month, as hard-nosed wheelmen and Kentucky Speedway's only two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winners, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski, will race head-to-head three times during the track's June 27-29 tripleheader weekend. They will compete for the checkered flags in the Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 presented by ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: NASCAR.com via Yahoo! Sports


  1. "He's a hard-nosed player and likes to play the game. That's what we're looking for," Hargrove said. "He fits real well in our lineup among [Raul] Ibanez, [Richie] Sexson and [Adrian] Beltre. Considering the production he has shown in his...
    on Dec 2, 2006 By: Mike Hargrove Source: ESPN

  2. "The play the game the right way," Hunter said. "They play hard-nosed baseball."
    on Nov 21, 2007 By: Torii Hunter Source: Forbes

  3. "They were tough all game," Tucker said. "They were hard-nosed on the ball and when I caught it on or off the block, two guys were coming at me."
    on Mar 18, 2007 By: Alando Tucker Source: USA Today

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