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(as) hard / tough as nails

British pronunciation/az hˈɑːd tˈʌf az nˈeɪlz/
American pronunciation/æz hˈɑːɹd tˈʌf æz nˈeɪlz/
(as) hard / tough as nails

a tough person who is not easily affected by emotions

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(as|) (hard|tough) as nails definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "hard as nails" and when to use it?

The origin of the phrase "hard as nails" can be traced back to the 19th century. The phrase likely emerged from the association between the physical hardness of nails. This phrase is typically used in informal contexts to describe someone's ability to withstand challenges, maintain a strong demeanor, or exhibit unwavering resolve.

1He simply looked mean and hard as nails.
2I thought she was as hard as nails when I met her.
3I thought she was as hard as nails when I met her.
4This role cemented Johnson’s position as the ultimate hard as nails action hero with a heart of gold.
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