hard heads

hard heads

see centaurea repens.
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One with a strong stomach and a hard head may be able to tolerate much of the unconscious and undeliberate cruelty and torture of the world that is perpetrated in hot blood and stupidity.
Possessed myself of a strong stomach and a hard head, inured to hardship, cruelty, and brutality, nevertheless I found, as I came to manhood, that I unconsciously protected myself from the hurt of the trained-animal turn by getting up and leaving the theatre whenever such turns came on the stage.
The yellow light from the student's lamp fell on his hands and the purple sleeves of his velvet smoking-jacket, but his flushed face and big, hard head were in the shadow.
An' right there he finishes himself, for his bad thumb, which I've known since he first got it as a kid fightin' in the sandlot at Watts Tract--he smashes that thumb right there, on my hard head, back into the socket with an out-twist, an' all the old cords that'd never got strong gets theirs again.
Harker did not turn a red hair on his hard head, but he looked at the other out of the corners of his eyes.
Your articles were a refreshing reminder of that terrible struggle with the hard heads of Whitehall.
Khia said: 'A lot of hard heads feel I'm trying to bash guys.
The title of Alan Blinder's book, Hard Heads, Soft Hearts: Tough-Minded Economics for a Just Society, tells a lot about the author's dilemma as he tries to find a place for his views in the Democratic camp.
With wit, passion, and dead-aim honesty, Reich writes of those in Washington who possess hard heads and soft hearts, and those with exactly the opposite attributes.