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hard-boiled

  

      adj  
1    (of an egg) boiled until the yolk and white are solid  
2    Informal  
a    tough, realistic  
b    cynical  
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hard-bitten

  
   , hard-boiled         
case-hardened, cynical, down-to-earth, hard-headed, hard-nosed     (informal)   matter-of-fact, practical, realistic, shrewd, tough, unsentimental  
  
Antonyms     
   benign, compassionate, gentle, humane, idealistic, merciful, mild, romantic, sympathetic  

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n.
grunt work is hard, uninteresting work
US informal
n.
annoying, arduous, bothersome, burdensome, demanding, difficult, harassing, hard, importunate, inconvenient, irksome, irritating, laborious, oppressive, pestilential, plaguy
n.
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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