Obama did an artful job of creating an image of someone divorced from the nitty-gritty of hardball, brass-knuckled politics.
Last week on hardball, Kathleen Parker said he is definitely running.
It's gratifying to see the Democrats be better at hardball than the Republicans for a change.
: fields hardball questions in a practice TV interview/ despite his hardball attitude toward sponsors of offensive TV shows
Serious and consequential activity, work, etc; perilous and responsible doings: It's hardball now, it's not games anymore/ It's going to be hard ball. We're talking about physicians losing income
play hardball (1973+)