hard lines

hard lines

noun Chiefly British Slang.
tough luck; bad breaks.

Origin:
1815–25

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hard line

noun
an uncompromising or unyielding stand, especially in politics.

Origin:
1965–70

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hard line
 
n
a.  an uncompromising course or policy
 b.  hardline (as modifier): a hardline policy
 
hard'liner
 
n

hard lines
 
sentence substitute, —n
informal (Brit) Also: hard cheese bad luck

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