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

First recorded in 1965–70

Other definitions for hard line (2 of 2)

hard-line

or hard·line

[ hahrd-lahyn ]
/ ˈhɑrdˌlaɪn /

adjective
adhering rigidly to a dogma, theory, or plan; uncompromising or unyielding: hard-line union demands.

Origin of hard-line

An Americanism dating back to 1960–65
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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

Derived forms of hard line

hardliner, noun
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Other 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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