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hard-line

or hard·line

[hahrd-lahyn]
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adjective
  1. adhering rigidly to a dogma, theory, or plan; uncompromising or unyielding: hard-line union demands.
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Origin of hard-line

An Americanism dating back to 1960–65

hard line

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

First recorded in 1965–70
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British Dictionary definitions for hard-line

hard line

noun
    1. an uncompromising course or policy
    2. hardline(as modifier)a hardline policy
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Derived Formshardliner, noun
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Word Origin and History for hard-line

adj.

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

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Idioms and Phrases with hard-line

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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