Meaning of “hardball” in the English Dictionary

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"hardball" in British English

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hardballnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈhɑːd.bɔːl/ us /ˈhɑːrd.bɑːl/

the game of baseball when it is played with a hard ball

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(Definition of “hardball” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hardball" in Business English

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hardballnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈhɑːdbɔːl/ us

a method that is forceful, determined, and often unpleasant:

hardball approach/tactics
Now the agency wants the money back - and is prepared to play hardball to get it, holding out the threat of criminal prosecution.

(Definition of “hardball” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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