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English definition of “hard-and-fast”


adjective (also hard and fast)
definite and not to be changed, avoided, or ignored: hard-and-fast deadlines/plans/guidelineshard-and-fast evidence/facts/answers With whale research, hard and fast facts are difficult to come by. There are no hard-and-fast rules governing the size of companies in the portfolio.
(Definition of hard-and-fast from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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