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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. 2017.
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  • We had made our plans, but they were very elastic, for it was impossible for us to keep to any hard-and-fast line.

    Bunyip Land George Manville Fenn
  • This is not a hard-and-fast rule, but one which usually it is safe to follow.

    The Pianolist Gustav Kobb
  • I make it a point never to form a hard-and-fast opinion, replied Mr. Henderson with a smile at the boys excitement.

    The Radio Detectives A. Hyatt Verrill
  • They refuse to accept the hard-and-fast rules that are laid down for them.

    By the Christmas Fire Samuel McChord Crothers
  • That a child should have hard-and-fast opinions--it is engaging.

    Alone Norman Douglas
  • No hard-and-fast rule can be given to govern this progression.

  • However, this is not a hard-and-fast rule, and the age at which the child goes to the olag or fawi depends much on circumstances.

    The Bontoc Igorot Albert Ernest Jenks
  • Such a hard-and-fast rule as this cannot prevail, perhaps, in every household.

    The Expert Maid-Servant Cristine Terhune Herrick
  • So I bound myself by a hard-and-fast contract so that I could not escape.

    Mark Twain's Speeches Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

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