Glossary of English-language idioms derived from baseball
WebAs a synonym for baseball, OED dates this use of "hardball" to 1883; its non-baseball use appears in 1973. "Hauser would like to extend its three-year contract with Bristol-Myers, becoming a supplier of the material for semi-synthetic Taxol. 'I think this is just tough bargaining,' said Deborah Wardwell of Dain Bosworth Securities.
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