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hard line

an uncompromising or unyielding stand, especially in politics.
Origin of hard line

hard lines

noun, Chiefly British Slang.
bad luck; bad breaks (often used as an interjection).
1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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British Dictionary definitions for hard-lines

hard line

  1. an uncompromising course or policy
  2. hardline. (as modifier): a hardline policy
Derived Forms
hardliner, noun

hard lines

sentence substitute, noun
(Brit, informal) bad luck Also hard cheese
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Slang definitions & phrases for hard-lines

hard line


: 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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