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English definition of “hard-boiled”

hard-boiled

adjective uk   /ˌhɑːdˈbɔɪld/ us    /ˌhɑːrd-/

hard-boiled adjective (EGG)

describes an egg that has been heated in its shell in boiling water until both the white and yellow parts are solid

hard-boiled adjective (STRONG)

informal describes a strong and determined person who shows little emotion: The film stars Kathleen Turner as the hard-boiled detective of Sarah Paretsky's novel.
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