hard-and-fast

adjective \ ˌhärd-ᵊn-ˈfast \
: not to be modified or evaded : strict
  • a hard-and-fast rule

First Known Use of hard-and-fast

1822

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HARD-AND-FAST Defined for English Language Learners

hard-and-fast

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



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