The United States and Its Baseball Idioms #4(1)


6) To play hardball

Playing with a hardball, or to play hardball, in baseball refers to when a team uses a hard baseball not a softball.  
During practice in the past, teams used a ball that was softer whereas in real games they used a harder ball.  

In this way, as an idiom, playing have a more serious connotation or meaning .  This expresson is usually used in the business world.  It has a slightely negative feeling to it.  Two example sentences bebow should give you a feel for how this idiom should be used in your English Sessons at English Village.           (J.F)

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