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

Examples of hard-and-fast in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the truth is that 30 percent ceiling isn’t a hard-and-fast rule. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2023 Still, Bontempo says wound regeneration varies from person to person, so there's no hard-and-fast rule about how slow is too slow for something to heal. Christine Byrne, Women's Health, 29 Aug. 2023 As for tipping, concierges say there really is no hard-and-fast rule. Jennifer Bradley Franklin, Travel + Leisure, 4 Aug. 2023 The guidelines for adding texture are fairly simple, as outlined below, but there is one hard-and-fast rule Thomas urges home decorators to follow. Patricia Shannon, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Aug. 2023 This isn’t a hard-and-fast rule, and everyone has different fluid needs. Stephanie Brown, Verywell Health, 25 July 2023 So there’s really no hard-and-fast number, Angelone says. Women's Health, 20 July 2023 But remember, there are no hard-and-fast rules on deer behavior. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, 26 Aug. 2022 Earlier in my career, a wise editor had a hard-and-fast rule against using violent language to jazz up political copy: don’t do it. Philip Elliott, Time, 29 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 24 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: not to be changed : fixed
a hard-and-fast rule
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