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Origin of hard-and-fast
OTHER WORDS FROM hard-and-fasthard-and-fast·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hard and fast
Idioms and Phrases with 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.