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  • adj. Alternative form of hard-and-fast.


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  • There seems to have been no hard and fast line drawn between civil and criminal offences in the Brehon law.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne

  • She crouched behind a lab counter, her breathing coming hard and fast as she tried tothink.


  • Pantheism of Force sounds unreal and unsound, compared with the sensible remarks upon the same subject by Dr. Badgers337 who sees the abstruseness of the doctrine and does not care to include it in hard and fast lines or to subject it to mere logical analysis.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • The effort for this most important of rights has had to content not only, like the rest, with the obstinate prejudices and customs of the ages, but also with the still more stubborn condition of its hard and fast intrenchment in constitutional law.

    Woman's Half-Century of Evolution

  • This L100, I think, nearly clears off for me the outlay of the second French Revolution; an ill-printed, ill-conditioned publication, the prime cost of which, once all lying saved from the Atlantic whirlpools and hard and fast in my own hand, it was not perhaps well done to venture thitherward again.

    The Correspondence of Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1834-1872, Vol. I

  • A loose axe head could come off in midswing, snap through the air as hard and fast as a cannonball and kill someone.

    The Thorn Birds

  • The rebels could be heard in the distance, riding hard and fast through the denseness.

    Gentle Warrior

  • Still he came to her, pushing, pulling, hard and fast until she caught his fevered tempo again, her fingers digging into his shoulders, her head tossed back, her hair damp with sweat.


  • While abed in Fortress Montauk, the very rich awaken from a recurring dream, of glass breaking, of bare feet padding hard and fast across imported tile, of midnight and machete and the stench of the very poor standing over your bed.

    Our American King

  • So the Smith-Orr criterion of two changes, while reasonable as a rule of thumb, is not a hard and fast law.

    The Edge of Evolution


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  • Meaning rigidly adhered to, without doubt or debate. Originally a nautical term: A ship that was hard and fast was firmly beached on land. The phrase was well-known by the early 19th century and was already used figuratively: "She was laid before the fire, at about a yard distance, and was hard and fast asleep." (The London Times, January 1820.)

    December 11, 2007