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1. Baseball.
2. Informal The use of any means, however ruthless, to attain an objective.


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



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.
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


[ˈhɑːrdbɔːl] n
to play hardball (= get tough) → employer les grands moyenshard-bitten [ˌhɑːrdˈbɪtən] adj (= tough) [journalist, soldier, detective] → endurci(e)
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