Definition of hardball
1 : baseball
2 : forceful uncompromising methods employed to gain an end played political hardball
Recent Examples of hardball from the Web
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.
But her fierce leadership during the pressmen’s strike — stuffing newspapers, commanding helicopters, playing hardball at the negotiating table — is perhaps the most gripping, resolute moment in her life.
Claire decides to play hardball with China, and agrees to rescue the crew on the Russian vessel only if China bends on the trade deal.
Episode 8—Frank goes camping and Claire plays hardball.
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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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