hardball

play
noun hard·ball \ˈhärd-ˌbȯl\

Definition of hardball

  1. 1 :  baseball

  2. 2 :  forceful uncompromising methods employed to gain an end played political hardball

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First Known Use of hardball

1857


HARDBALL Defined for English Language Learners

hardball

play
noun

Definition of hardball for English Language Learners

  • : forceful and sometimes dishonest methods used to get something you want

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