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1. Baseball.
2. Informal The use of any means, however ruthless, to attain an objective.
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1. (Baseball) US and Canadian baseball as distinct from softball
2. play hardball informal chiefly US and Canadian to act in a ruthless or uncompromising way
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1. baseball, as distinguished from softball.
2. tough or ruthless: hardball politics.
3. outspoken, challenging, or difficult: hardball questions.
play hardball, to be aggressive and ruthless in one's dealings.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hardball - a no-nonsense attitude in business or politics; "they play hardball in the Senate"
attitude, mental attitude - a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways; "he had the attitude that work was fun"
2.hardball - baseball as distinguished from softball
baseball, baseball game - a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs; "he played baseball in high school"; "there was a baseball game on every empty lot"; "there was a desire for National League ball in the area"; "play ball!"
softball game, softball - a game closely resembling baseball that is played on a smaller diamond and with a ball that is larger and softer
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[ˈhɑːrdbɔːl] n
to play hardball (= get tough) → employer les grands moyenshard-bitten [ˌhɑːrdˈbɪtən] adj (= tough) [journalist, soldier, detective] → endurci(e)
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