Definition of (as) hard as nails in US English:

(as) hard as nails


  • (of a person) very tough; completely callous or unfeeling.

    • ‘I wouldn't say I'm soft as putty but I wouldn't say I'm hard as nails either.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘To put it bluntly, they tend to be as hard as nails.’
    • ‘I loved watching him as he was hard as nails and a real winner.’
    • ‘He was light but as hard as nails and he would go through you for a shortcut.’
    • ‘Sharp as a tack, hard as nails and always good-humoured, he is a good man to have around.’
    • ‘Women are soft like fluffy cotton, men are hard as nails and plywood.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    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, implacable
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