Definition of hardball
1 : baseball
2 : forceful uncompromising methods employed to gain an end played political hardball
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Swansea could demand up to £10m for Cork, who joined the Welsh club for a fee believed to be around £3m back in 2015, while Paul Clement's side are also playing hardball over any potential sale of star man Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Kasich was newly furious about the hardball tactics.
As training camp approaches and baseball takes a break for its mid-summer classic, The MMQB presents a week of stories on the crossover between hardball and football.
Ultimately, this was a partnership that was working far too well for both parties to get lost in a nasty hardball negotiation.
Tallon is also playing hardball with impending 45-year-old free-agent right wing Jaromir Jagr, who earned $5.5 million last season, including $1.5 million in bonuses.
But Lyft, which is capable of playing hardball despite its friendly image, clearly senses an opening.
The EU came over to ask China for their top two priorities, while a brash US delegation opted for playing hardball with the Chinese.
The DUP is pro-Brexit, but has certain demands in that regard, and may play hardball with the Tories there as well.
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Definition of hardball for English Language Learners
: forceful and sometimes dishonest methods used to get something you want
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