Definition of hardball noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    hardball

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    noun
    NAmE//ˈhɑrdbɔl//
     
     
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  1. 1the game of baseball (when contrasted with softball )
  2. 2used to refer to a way of behaving, especially in politics, that shows that a person is determined to get what they want I want us to play hardball on this issue. hardball politics
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