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no-nonsense

[ noh-non-sens, -suhns ]SEE DEFINITION OF no-nonsense

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR NO-NONSENSE

He was as much a "no-nonsense" fellow, in his way, as a magistrate, or a minister.'

"I've been looking around," Malone said in what he hoped was a grim, no-nonsense tone.

He won't be capable of taking a no-nonsense, dogmatic, black-and-white stand.

With their compact bodies and no-nonsense mannerisms they were recognizably Pyrran.

They mostly had a no-nonsense look about them, as if they were not going to be satisfied with more oratory.

WORD ORIGIN

"not tolerating foolishness, businesslike," 1928," from phrase to stand no nonsense, which is attested from 1821, originally in sporting slang.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR NO-NONSENSE

hard-nosed

adjectivetough and shrewd
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