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1. Chem (of water) impairing the formation of a lather by soap
2. (of alcoholic drink) being a spirit rather than a wine, beer, etc.
3. (of a drug such as heroin, morphine, or cocaine) highly addictive
4. Physics (of radiation, such as gamma rays and X-rays) having high energy and the ability to penetrate solids
5. Physics (of a vacuum) almost complete
6. Chiefly US (of goods) durable
7. politically extreme
8. Brit a roadway across a foreshore

hard

[härd]
(materials)
Quality of a material that is compact, solid, and difficult to deform.
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So the right answer is to be long term, hard-headed, patient and intelligent with the interventions that we make, and the most important intervention of all is to make sure that these governments are fully representative of the people who live in their countries, that they close down the ungoverned space, and they remove the support for the extremists.
He defended the President who had been criticized for a being hard-headed Chief Executive and not receptive to the opinions of others.
I was talking to some hard-headed old farts the other day.
I have to admit I'm one of those hard-headed people that's been trying to pack a bag of tricks for years, but it's been fun the whole way.
They said I am very hard-headed because I landed right on my head and I have a scar, hence my new hairdo.
The Tottenham Hotspur manager told a jury "I am a fantastic football manager not a hard-headed businessman" as he denied tax dodging.
But the barrister added: "Talented and popular he might have been, the Crown say he was nevertheless a hard-headed businessman, with a financial acumen and pecuniary sense of his influence to his employers.
There will be a "clear hard-headed recognition" of where families are going wrong, the Prime Minister will say in a speech to charities later.
But I am a pro-European of the hard-headed rather than romantic variety because I am also clear about the limits to what can be politically and economically sustained.
They view themselves as hard-headed realists and others as naive ideologues.
Having represented the EU for five years in Washington, I have concluded that the US would welcome a hard-headed relationship," he said.
The Prime Minister said: "My approach is hard-headed internationalism - internationalist because global challenges need global solutions and nations must co-operate across borders - often with hard-headed intervention - to give expression to our shared interests and shared values.