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  • s  tough and callous by virtue of experience

  • As early as age 12, N'Dour began performing at neighborhood religious ceremonies in the hard-bitten Medina section of Dakar, where he grew up as the first-born child of a pious .
  • Tim Cole couldn't tell his own story, so his family recounted the saga to the hard-bitten Texas legislators this past spring.
  • Robert Scott was a hard man, hard-bitten and harddriving.

  • Garth Ennis in Terre Haute Tribune Star
    They're closer to the hard-bitten, taciturn figures I grew up with in westerns and war stories,said Ennis, who hails from Northern Ireland. "Likewise, the British comics I read as a kid were generally populated with loners and outcasts,...
  • Christian Bale in Hartford Courant
    He had this kind of goofiness about him, a very light spirit,Bale says. "Not your hard-bitten trained soldier. He had an absolute rejection of giving up and giving in to desperation and hopelessness. He managed to behave as though this was...
  • Eric Mangini in International Herald Tribune
    The last thing the census needs is for any hard-bitten partisan (either a Karl Rove or a Rahm Emanuel) to manipulate these critical numbers. Many federal funding formulas depend on them, as well as the whole fabric of federal and state... Larry Sabato http://www.google.com/url?q=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Sabato&source=dictionary&usg=AFQjCNGT9qZRy_-Kqxl_EWksBQDBVp1hbQ FOXNews http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first100days/2009/02/09/gop-sounds-alarm-obama-decision-census-white-house/&source=dictionary&usg=AFQjCNGrvJ0juhAW4GkLbVaFqi7qjtsyow Feb 9, 2009 45457 61962 hard-boiled 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."

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