Definition of hardball noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈhɑːdbɔːl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːrdbɔːl//
    (North American English) Baseball, Business deals
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  1. 1 the game of baseball (when contrasted with softball ) See related entries: Baseball
  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 See related entries: Business deals
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hardball