- 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.
Origin of hardball
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Examples from the Web for hardball
Last week on Hardball, Kathleen Parker said he is definitely running.The Numbers Don’t Lie: Jeb Bush Can’t Beat Hillary Clinton
May 5, 2014
Scott Simkus bemusingly explores it all in Outsider Baseball: The Weird World of Hardball on the Fringe, 1876—1950.
In any case, the healthy sampling below confirms the narrative-friendly qualities of hardball.
Will the Democrats engage in an aggressive, hardball type strategy?Dems Need to Channel ‘House of Cards’’ Frank Underwood
March 19, 2014
Transfixingly candid and gamely stepping up to the plate for a round of hardball, Lohan seemed to be answering yes.Oprah’s Lindsay Lohan Interview Settles It: Lohan’s Comeback Is Real
August 19, 2013
- US and Canadian baseball as distinct from softball
- play hardball informal, mainly US and Canadian to act in a ruthless or uncompromising way
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Word Origin and History for hardball
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