Definition of Hard-and-fast

1. Adjective. (of rules) stringently enforced. "Hard-and-fast rules"

Exact synonyms: Strict
Similar to: Invariable
Derivative terms: Strictness



Definition of Hard-and-fast

1. Adjective. (idiomatic) Strictly maintained (as of rules) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hard-and-fast

harbourfronts
harbouring
harbourless
harbourmaster
harbourmasters
harbours
harbourscape
harbourscapes
harbourside
harboursides
harboursome
harch
harchitect
hard(a)
hard-and-fast (current term)
hard-arse
hard-baked
hard-bill
hard-bills
hard-bitten
hard-boil
hard-boiled
hard-boiled egg
hard-code
hard-core
hard-favoured
hard-fisted

Literary usage of Hard-and-fast

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1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1897)
"I have accorded very little place to the character of the metamorphosis, because there is no hard and fast line between complete and incomplete ; but the ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"It is impossible to draw a hard and fast line between functional and organic disease, since the one passes gradually into the other, as is well seen in gout ..."

3. The Records of Living Officers of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps by Lewis Randolph Hamersly (1898)
"... when it was found that the " Sacramento " was hard and fast and sinking gradually, with the seas breaking over her starboard quarter, two rafts were ..."

4. Palmer's Index to "The Times" NewspaperTimes (London, England) (1873)
"on Hard and Fast Lines, 18 rf Foreign, Import Returns, П did Hancock (Dr.) Criminal and Judicial Statistics of Ireland, 10 n 10 b 7/ Hanover Church, ..."

5. Narrative of the Earl of Elgin's Mission to China and Japan in the Years by Laurence Oliphant (1860)
"ALL THE SHIPS AGROUND THE DELTA OP THE YANG-TSE CHANNEL- HUNTING THE KIANG-YIN BLUFFS ASPECT OF THE RIVER BANKS HARD AND FAST SILVER ISLAND YANG-CHOW A ..."

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