baseball, as distinguished from softball.
tough or ruthless:
He wasn’t ready for the hardball politics of Washington.
outspoken, challenging, or difficult:
Reporters asked the president some hardball questions.
play hardball, to act or work aggressively, competitively, or ruthlessly, as in business or politics.
(US & Canadian) baseball as distinct from softball
(informal, mainly US & Canadian) play hardball, to act in a ruthless or uncompromising way
1883 as the name of a game, from hard + ball (n.1). The figurative sense of “tough, uncompromising behavior” is from 1973.
: fields hardball questions in a practice TV interview/ despite his hardball attitude toward sponsors of offensive TV shows
Serious and consequential activity, work, etc; perilous and responsible doings: It’s hardball now, it’s not games anymore/ It’s going to be hard ball. We’re talking about physicians losing income
play hardball (1973+)
/ˈhɑːdˌbeɪk/ noun 1. almond toffee
[hahrd-bak] /ˈhɑrdˌbæk/ noun, adjective 1. . /ˈhɑːdˌbæk/ noun 1. a book or edition with covers of cloth, cardboard, or leather Compare paperback adjective 2. Also casebound (ˈkeɪsˌbaʊnd), hardbound (ˈhɑːdˌbaʊnd), hardcover (ˈhɑːdˌkʌvə). of or denoting a hardback or the publication of hardbacks n. “type of book bound in stiff boards,” 1954, from hard + back (n.).
- Hard at it
adjective phrase Doing the sex act; screwing: Was you and she not hard at it before I came into the room? (1749+)
noun 1. a contact lens of rigid plastic or silicon, exerting light pressure on the cornea of the eye, used for correcting various vision problems including astigmatism. noun 1. a rigid plastic lens which floats on the layer of tears in front of the cornea, worn to correct defects of vision Compare gas-permeable lens, soft […]