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Meaning of “play hardball” in the English Dictionary

"play hardball" in British English

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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.

play hardball

mainly US informal to be ​firm and ​determined in ​order to get what you ​want: He's a ​niceguy, but he can play ​hardball when he ​needs to.
(Definition of play hardball from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"play hardball" in American English

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play hardball

infml to ​behave in an ​unpleasant, ​threatening way so that you get what you ​want: He’s a ​niceguy, but he can play hardball when he has to.
(Definition of play hardball from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “play hardball”
in Chinese (Simplified) 采取强硬方式…
in Chinese (Traditional) 採取強硬方式…
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