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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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