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English definition of “play hardball”

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play hardball

infml to behave in an unpleasant, threatening way so that you get what you want: He’s a nice guy, but he can play hardball when he has to.
Translations of “play hardball”
in Chinese (Traditional) 採取強硬方式…
in Chinese (Simplified) 采取强硬方式…
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