One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a person) very tough; completely callous or unfeeling.
callous, hard-hearted, heartless, with a heart of stone, stony, stony-hearted, unfeeling, unsympathetic, uncaring, insensitive, unsentimental, cold-hearted, cold, hard-bitten, tough, unforgiving, lacking compassion, uncharitable, inflexible, unbending, implacableView synonyms
- ‘I loved watching him as he was hard as nails and a real winner.’
- ‘‘One of these days you're going to say something like that and someone is going to hurt you for it,’ he hissed, his voice cold and hard as nails.’
- ‘Lisa, who's hard as nails, was clearly having none of it, and handed the woman a ten pound note for the £12.70 charge, saying ‘I don't care if your children do starve’.’
- ‘He was light but as hard as nails and he would go through you for a shortcut.’
- ‘To put it bluntly, they tend to be as hard as nails.’
- ‘I wouldn't say I'm soft as putty but I wouldn't say I'm hard as nails either.’
- ‘He was of the old school of player, brilliant in the air and hard as nails in the tackle, he gave as good as he got and was no mean player.’
- ‘Women are soft like fluffy cotton, men are hard as nails and plywood.’
- ‘He was as hard as nails, and even if we weren't scared of him, he had our respect and a certain amount of hero worship.’
- ‘Sharp as a tack, hard as nails and always good-humoured, he is a good man to have around.’
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