[ 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

OTHER WORDS FROM hard-and-fast

hard-and-fast·ness, noun
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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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Idioms and Phrases with hard and fast

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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