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Meaning of “hard-boiled” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of hard-boiled from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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 us   /ˈhɑrdˈbɔɪld/
  • hard-boiled adjective (EGG)

(of an ​egg) ​boiled in ​itsshell until both the ​white and ​yellowparts are ​solid
  • hard-boiled adjective (PERSON)

appearing not to have ​emotions or weaknesses: a hard-boiled ​detective
(Definition of hard-boiled from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “hard-boiled”
in Chinese (Simplified) 蛋, (蛋)煮得老的…
in Turkish çok pişmiş/katı yumurta…
in Russian сваренный вкрутую…
in Chinese (Traditional) 蛋, (蛋)煮得老的…
in Polish na twardo…
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