- adj. idiomatic Strictly maintained (as of rules)
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Naut.) so completely aground as to be immovable.
- adj. (Naut.) See under Fast.
- adj. invariable; firmly established.
- adj. (of rules) stringently enforced
- First attested 1867, originally of a ship on shore. (Wiktionary)
“And then, how can any average user protect themselves from the dread synergy of hard-and-fast policies with zero customer service?”
“Lots of us will feel attracted to both sexes during our lives and there are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to human instinct.”
“The target was already pushed back from the original Sunday agenda, and some investors believe the Nov. 3-4 Group of 20 meeting in Cannes, France, is the hard-and-fast deadline.”
“For the first time, the agency will have hard-and-fast goals for how long it can take to approve devices on average before they go to market.”
“But there are no hard-and-fast ways for the amateur sportsmen and women among us to replicate these techniques.”
“That said, I've never been able to enforce this rule in a hard-and-fast way, as I'd like to.”
“There are few hard-and-fast answers but most sides seem to agree that, at the very least, beer cocktails are an interesting and worthwhile experiment in the human palate's recognition of beer.”
“The revised plan eliminated hard-and-fast emissions limits for dioxins, which are suspected of causing cancer.”
“Mr. Bernanke added that while he couldn't make a hard-and-fast determination, he believes that "there is good reason to be concerned about it.”
“Corporations are likely to react with relief at escaping hard-and-fast quotas.”
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