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[hahrd-n-fast, -fahst] /ˈhɑrd nˈfæst, -ˈfɑst/
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-fastness, noun
fixed, precise, inflexible, inviolable, rigorous, unambiguous. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for hard and fast

hard and fast

(hard-and-fast when prenominal) (esp of rules) invariable or strict
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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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