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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.
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"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 nice guy, but he can play hardball when he needs to.
(Definition of play hardball from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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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