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  • s  guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory
    a hard-nosed labor leader

  • The allegations could be particularly damaging to Spitzer, a former hard-nosed prosecutor who had made ferreting out corporate malfeasance and cracking down on corruption .
  • Honeycutt, a hard-nosed commander who often walks the point (the exposed forward position in a formation) with his battalion, did not give up.
  • He put his empire together over 20 years and often used hard-nosed tactics to get what he wanted.
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  • 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...
    June 14, 2013 - The Patriot-News
  • 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...
    June 13, 2013 - Minnesota Wild
  • 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 ...
    June 12, 2013 - NASCAR.com via Yahoo! Sports

  • Mike Hargrove in ESPN
    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...
  • Torii Hunter in Forbes
    The play the game the right way,Hunter said. "They play hard-nosed baseball."
  • Alando Tucker in USA Today
    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."

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