hard-and-fast

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adjective \ ˌhärd-ᵊn-ˈfast \

Definition of hard-and-fast

:not to be modified or evaded :strict
  • a hard-and-fast rule

First Known Use of hard-and-fast

1822


HARD-AND-FAST Defined for English Language Learners

hard-and-fast

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adjective

Definition of hard-and-fast for English Language Learners

  • —used to say that something (such as a rule) cannot be changed



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