hardball hardball  /ˈhɑrd ˌbɔl/


  1. (n) a no-nonsense attitude in business or politics
  2. (n) baseball as distinguished from softball


  • You have to play hardball with guys who only understand hardball.


  1. Friday Ratings: CNN’s Blitzer Beats MSNBC’s Matthews And Sharpton In Demo And Total Viewers

    Friday night from 5-7pm ET, CNN's two-hour block of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer beat MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews and PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton in both the 25-54 demo and total viewers.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Mediaite

  2. Tracking each team’s ticket surcharges

    Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times has his annual look at teams’ ticket surcharges — convenience fees, printing fees, processing fees, whatever — up today, helping you figure out how much you’re really paying for a ducat to each game. It’s a handy post which tells you — after it’s all said and done —…
    on June 10, 2013     Source: NBC Sports: HardballTalk

  3. Dyche Opinion | McConnell: A Half-Century of Hardball Politics

    Mitch McConnell has been playing political hardball since he was a college student fifty years ago.
    on June 7, 2013     Source: FOX 41 Louisville


  1. "What I don't want to do is get on this merry-go-round where we try to end this war and negotiate it down to a blank check," said Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass. "It's time to play hardball."
    on Nov 8, 2007 By: Jim McGovern Source: FOXNews

  2. "We do not plan to let a hardball campaign from Big Business derail the Employee Free Choice Act or the dreams of workers," Sweeney said.
    on Mar 24, 2009 By: John Sweeney Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "Everybody is going to play hardball so we may see a lot of instability ahead," said Alina Mungiu-Pippidi of the Romanian Academic Society think tank.
    on Nov 30, 2008 By: Alina Mungiu-Pippidi Source: International Herald Tribune

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