hard-and-fast [ hahrd-n- fast, - fahst] Synonyms Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com strongly binding; not to be set aside or violated: hard-and-fast rules. Origin of hard-and-fast
First recorded in
1865–70 Related forms hard-and-fast·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hard and fast ( hard-and-fast when prenominal) (esp of rules) invariable or strict
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Idioms and Phrases with hard and fast hard and fast
Defined, fixed, invariable, as in
We have hard and fast rules for this procedure. This term originally was applied to a vessel that has come out of water, either by running aground or being put in dry dock, and is therefore unable to move. By the mid-1800s it was being used figuratively.
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