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hard lines

noun, Chiefly British Slang.
1.
tough luck; bad breaks.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25

hard line

noun
1.
an uncompromising or unyielding stand, especially in politics.
Origin
1965-70
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British Dictionary definitions for hard lines

hard lines

sentence substitute, noun
1.
(Brit, informal) bad luck Also hard cheese

hard line

noun
1.
  1. an uncompromising course or policy
  2. hardline. (as modifier): a hardline policy
Derived Forms
hardliner, noun
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Slang definitions & phrases for hard lines

hard line

adjective

: the President's hard-line views on abortion

noun phrase

A policy or attitude based on severity and lack of compromise: Take a hard line with them or they'll murder you (1960s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with hard lines

hard line

A firm, uncompromising policy or position. For example, The President was taking a hard line on the budget. [ c. 1960 ]
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