play hardball

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

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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He was more than willing to extend the terms of the loan, but his boss decided to play hardball and demanded a balloon payment.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

Additional definitions for 'play hardball':

play hardballTo act rough and ruthless, especially in politics or business.
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