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hardball

hard·ball

hardball

pronunciation:
hard bawl
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
part of speech: noun
definition 1: baseball.
definition 2: any aggressively competitive way of conducting business, as in politics.
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: aggressively competitive.
He plays hardball politics.
definition 2: difficult.
She asked a lot of hardball questions during the interview.