Definition of no-nonsense in US English:



  • Simple and straightforward; sensible.

    • ‘What this team needs is a veteran coach with a no-nonsense approach who is ready to win now.’
    • ‘Martin's no-nonsense approach to his work leaves little to the imagination.’
    • ‘I like Rooney, I like his no no-nonsense approach to the game and his quiet demeanour off the pitch.’
    • ‘Mr Berlyne has become known among his colleagues for his no-nonsense approach and dislike of form filling.’
    • ‘Scott is a popular boss, well known for her no-nonsense approach to work and her wicked sense of humour.’
    • ‘The Laune Rangers man is a no-nonsense type of player and does the simple things well.’
    • ‘Last year council boss Pete North grabbed the headlines with his no-nonsense approach.’
    • ‘Why has no one with an aggressive no-nonsense business vision emerged in South Africa?’
    • ‘Potterton is described by his peers as a direct man, with a no-nonsense approach to business.’
    • ‘Known for his no-nonsense attitude George said he had directed the chief to put these police offices to work in the field.’
    • ‘It was his no-nonsense approach that got Australia back on track in the late Eighties.’
    • ‘It is this no-nonsense approach that has catapulted her to the top slot in the premier industrial forum.’
    • ‘Your no-nonsense approach to life leaves you plenty of energy to focus on the important things.’
    • ‘The band's no-nonsense approach to songwriting also applies to the way they perform on stage.’
    • ‘And he impressed the home crowd on his debut with his no-nonsense approach to winning the ball.’
    • ‘Shennan has brought a no-nonsense approach, and the players seem to have taken to it.’
    • ‘What will they make of Colin and Rupinder's no-nonsense approach to life?’
    • ‘As an efficient, no-nonsense plan for a family house, it is hard to beat.’
    • ‘With her no-nonsense approach to life, Sandy is prolific and is equally adept with a pencil or a paintbrush in her hand.’
    • ‘Each one of these steps demonstrates a highly effective, no-nonsense approach.’
    matter-of-fact, down-to-earth, practical, sensible, realistic, full of common sense, commonsensical, reasonable, rational, logical, sound, balanced, sober, pragmatic, level-headed, serious-minded, businesslike, hard-headed, responsible, sane, mundane, unromantic, unidealistic
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