play hardball

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To act rough and ruthless, especially in politics or business.

Etymology:

  • From the American sport of baseball; the hardball is the heavier and harder type of the two types of throwing ball used when playing that sport.
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So you wanna play hardball?.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

Additional definitions for 'play hardball':

play hardballTo use every means possible to achieve a goal, especially in disregarding the harm caused.
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