Definition of hardball
1 : baseball
2 : forceful uncompromising methods employed to gain an end played political hardball
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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.
Kushner played hardball with the investors -- one of whom was Trump friend Thomas Barrack Jr. Kushner ultimately made a deal to lower his debt and maintain majority ownership in building.
Aero Internet is capitalizing on Tarczewski's strong marketing skills, his innate business sense, and his ability to play 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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