Aloha! What does “hard-nosed” mean? Does that mean someone has a nose like this?
“Hard-nosed” is a adjective describing someone who is realistic, practical, determined to succeed and tough-minded.
For example, Captain America is a hard-nosed leader. He is very clear on what is right and what he needs to do and accomplish. He always focus on things that will make a big difference. He is unstoppable and not influenced by emotions.
“Hard-nosed” also describes someone who is stubborn, unforgiving and insensitive.
For example, he is said to be hard-nosed. He will not change his opinions or positions on anything.
What’s the origin of “hard-nosed”?
This word comes from hard-tipped bullets which are much more penetrating than soft ones.
Despite the pejorative meaning, it is still advisable to adopt a hard-nosed attitude toward learning.
Are you a hard-nosed English learner?