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play hardball

mainly US informal to behave in a determined and forceful way in order to get what you want: He was known on Wall Street for being outspoken and not afraid to play hardball.
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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