hard-and-fast

adjective
\ ˌhärd-ᵊn-ˈfast How to pronounce hard-and-fast (audio) \

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, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hard-and-fast was in 1822

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“Hard-and-fast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard-and-fast. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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