- (US) to play hardball [colloquial]ser implacable or despiadado [colloquial]Example sentences
- 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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