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hard-boiled

adjective uk   /ˌhɑːdˈbɔɪld/ us    /ˌhɑːrd-/

hard-boiled adjective (EGG)

A hard-boiled egg has been heated in its shell in boiling water until both the white and yellow parts are solid.

hard-boiled adjective (STRONG)

informal used to describe a strong and determined person who shows little emotion: The film stars Kathleen Turner as the hard-boiled detective of Sarah Paretsky's novel.
Translations of “hard-boiled”
in Chinese (Traditional) 蛋, (蛋)煮得老的…
in Russian сваренный вкрутую…
in Turkish çok pişmiş/katı yumurta…
in Chinese (Simplified) 蛋, (蛋)煮得老的…
in Polish na twardo…
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