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Origin of hard-and-fast
OTHER WORDS FROM hard-and-fasthard-and-fastness, noun
Words nearby hard-and-fast
Example sentences from the Web for hard-and-fast
At the least, there must be hard-and-fast laws about insider trading, right?
It is not possible to draw a hard-and-fast line between individualism and collectivism.Liberalism and the Social Problem|Winston Spencer Churchill
Why should you draw a hard-and-fast line, sacrifice Belle's happiness to a chimerical idea of manly virtue?Mount Royal, Volume 1 of 3|Mary Elizabeth Braddon
There are no such things as hard-and-fast rules; there are only conventions adapted to the climate.Gobseck|Honore de Balzac
It is impossible to lay down any hard-and-fast rule governing the formation and conduct of the operations of a patrol.The Plattsburg Manual|O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey
This should be made a hard-and-fast rule among sportsmen, and a law of sport.Hints on the Use and Handling of Firearms Generally, and the Revolver in Particular|Lieut. H. Onslow Curling
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.