hard-boiled meaning, hard-boiled definition | English Cobuild dictionary




1    (of an egg) boiled until the yolk and white are solid  
2    Informal  
a    tough, realistic  
b    cynical  
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   , hard-boiled         
case-hardened, cynical, down-to-earth, hard-headed, hard-nosed     (informal)   matter-of-fact, practical, realistic, shrewd, tough, unsentimental  
   benign, compassionate, gentle, humane, idealistic, merciful, mild, romantic, sympathetic  

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grunt work is hard, uninteresting work
US informal
A moulding commonly used in framing oil paintings. The liner is fixed inside the frame and appears between the image and the outer frame. Generally made out of wood or some other hard material, the liner may have fabric glued down to it. Liners are to canvases what a mat/mount is to a print on paper
[Artwork framing] Polystyrene or wood liner. Fabric-covered liner. Linen liner. Gold liner.
annoying, arduous, bothersome, burdensome, demanding, difficult, harassing, hard, importunate, inconvenient, irksome, irritating, laborious, oppressive, pestilential, plaguy
1. [Rel.] expression used to describe metaphorically a period of ignorance and spiritual crisis that precedes the communion with Divinity ; 2. in a larger meaning, it is used when refering to having a hard time, going through a phase of pessimism, sadness, failure etc.


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