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hard-and-fast

[hahrd-n-fast, -fahst] /ˈhɑrd nˈfæst, -ˈfɑst/
adjective
1.
strongly binding; not to be set aside or violated:
hard-and-fast rules.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70
Related forms
hard-and-fastness, noun
Synonyms
fixed, precise, inflexible, inviolable, rigorous, unambiguous.
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