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Related to hardball: play hardball
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
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. baseball, as distinguished from softball.adj.
2. tough or ruthless: hardball politics.
3. outspoken, challenging, or difficult: hardball questions.Idioms:
play hardball, to be aggressive and ruthless in one's dealings.
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|Noun||1.||hardball - a no-nonsense attitude in business or politics; "they play hardball in the Senate"|
|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!"
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