guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory;
"a hardheaded appraisal of our position"
"a hard-nosed labor leader"
"completely practical in his approach to business"
"not ideology but pragmatic politics"
- They had fought hard for equal rights.
- However, in a long hard season, character counts for a lot.
- Because their hearts had turned hard, stubborn and obstinate.
- But ignorance and misinformation about the health hazards of beryllium die hard.