Describing a person who is tough and relentlessly practical and thus not given to sentiment.(adjective)
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Use "hardnosed" in a sentence
"Cohen spent most of his career in the intelligence directorate, where he was known as a hardnosed manager and gained a measure of notoriety for writing a report, later dismissed by an internal CIA review, that blamed the Soviets for the 1981 assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II."
"He wasn't a "hardnosed" prosecutor; he was a criminal who had lucked into gaining prosecutorial discretion and prosecutorial immunity."
"The presence of the police and the defence force in the area had been beefed up, and "hardnosed" investigations into past violence in the area were continuing, Mufamadi said."