Definition of hardball in English:


Syllabification: hard·ball
Pronunciation: /ˈhärdˌbôl


North American
  • 1Baseball, especially as contrasted with softball.
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    • Eyewear is required in softball and hardball, singles and doubles.
    • Still, the White Sox were a delight, baseball players playing country hardball.
    • Last year they moved the tournament to the Shore Racquet Club a few miles south in Somers Point and played hardball on softball courts.
  • 1.1 informal Uncompromising and ruthless methods or dealings, especially in politics: the leadership played hardball to win the vote
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    • But Angelos, one of the nation's leading labor attorneys, protracts most of his baseball negotiations, playing hardball with employees who can pursue better options.
    • ‘They play hardball, we play softball,’ Gore campaign manager Donna Brazile added.
    • Still, it wasn't hard to grasp the meeting's big theme, a bitter game of hardball between the haves and have-nots.

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