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play hardball

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishplay hardballplay hardballinformalDETERMINED to be very determined to get what you want, especially in business or politics hardball
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play hardballPITTSBURGHThe Steelers and Pirates found out voters can play hardball, too.Well, we can play hardball, too.This is playing hardball, but it is hardball of a sort familiar in these dealings.Toymaker Mattel is getting ready to play hardball in an effort to persuade Hasbro to reconsider a merger.It is clear that the company is ready to play hardball with the unions.The Deputy Prime Minister told reporters that Canada was ready to play hardball with the US.
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