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hard line

an uncompromising or unyielding stand, especially in politics.
Origin of hard line
First recorded in 1965-70


or hardline

[hahrd-lahyn] /ˈhɑrdˌlaɪn/
adhering rigidly to a dogma, theory, or plan; uncompromising or unyielding:
hard-line union demands.
An Americanism dating back to 1960-65 Unabridged
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hard line

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



1958, originally in reference to Soviet communist policies, from hard + line (n.) in the political sense. Related: Hard-liner (1963).

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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.
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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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