Apparently, Biden made no hard line effort to walk this cat back in Beijing.
Mitchell himself has taken a hard line against disclosures of financial information concerning his for-profit companies.
That is why, despite being caught out with his “you can keep it” rhetoric, he is still comfortable holding a hard line.
With both sides taking a hard line, it seems difficult for a face-saving solution to be arranged.
Suppose Hamas maintains its hard line, and Egypt does not or cannot pressure it to do otherwise.
She was looking at him with cool questioning in her grey eyes, her lips drawn to a hard line.
Sam's jaw snapped together, and his mouth became a hard line.
No hard line can be drawn between necessities and comforts, between comforts and luxuries.
But the girl made no reply, and her beautiful mouth took on a hard line.
His lips were thin and pallid, making a hard line of his mouth.
: the President's hard-line views on abortion
A policy or attitude based on severity and lack of compromise: Take a hard line with them or they'll murder you (1960s+)