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hard-and-fast

[hahrd-n-fast, -fahst]
adjective
strongly binding; not to be set aside or violated: hard-and-fast rules.

Origin:
1865–70

hard-and-fastness, noun


fixed, precise, inflexible, inviolable, rigorous, unambiguous.
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