Cooked by boiling in the shell to a solid consistency. Used of eggs.(adjective)
Unsentimental and practical; tough.(adjective)
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Use "hard-boiled" in a sentence
"• Snack and lunch-box favorites: Peanut butter and jelly on whole-grain bread, cheese cubes, hard-boiled eggs, baby carrots, raisins."
"My favorite part of The Sun Also Rises is when Jake thinks about how it is easier to be hard-boiled during the day than at night. booksherpa"
"Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett have taught Huge everything he needs to know about being a hard-boiled detective ... and hes just been hired to solve his first case."