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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They refuse to accept the hard-and-fast rules that are laid down for them.

    By the Christmas Fire

    Samuel McChord Crothers
  • This is not a hard-and-fast rule, but one which usually it is safe to follow.

    The Pianolist Gustav Kobb
  • She taught me to dance against and around the hard-and-fast beat of the music.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • A matter with which, by hard-and-fast agreement, she has absolutely nothing to do!

    On the Stairs Henry B. Fuller
  • So I bound myself by a hard-and-fast contract so that I could not escape.

    Mark Twain's Speeches Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • You are too big, too comprehending, Mr. Hodder, to have a hard-and-fast rule.

  • Yet one must be cautious in accepting any hard-and-fast classification.

    The Colonies 1492-1750 Reuben Gold Thwaites
  • No hard-and-fast rule for the apportioning of taxes can be laid down.

    The Principles of Economics Frank A. Fetter
  • No hard-and-fast rule can be given to govern this progression.

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