an uncompromising or unyielding stand, especially in politics.
Other definitions for hard-line (2 of 2)
adhering rigidly to a dogma, theory, or plan; uncompromising or unyielding: hard-line union demands.
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How to use hard line in a sentence
However, there is a hard line with social injustice, and systematic issues.
Holding a hard line in Congress won’t make Americans feel like politics works for them.
Bailey acknowledges the economic realities that have led publishers to take a hard line on copyright issues, as is happening in this case, but says that battling nonprofits like the Internet Archive won’t solve the industry’s problems.These women are at the center of the publishing industry’s uncertain future | ehinchliffe | November 30, 2020 | Fortune
Democrats also broke up total Republican control of four other states, allowing them to take a hard line in negotiations with the GOP and bend legislation to their will.Could Democrats Win Full Control Of More State Governments Than Republicans? | Nathaniel Rakich (firstname.lastname@example.org) | October 20, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
So you know, more vocal about their cause and their position or bringing them increasingly into the hard line and even getting them to donate.Podcast: How democracies can reclaim digital power | Anthony Green | October 15, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
And what deepens the mystery to me is what his hard-line position gets him.
His detractors tried to undermine his standing with Reagan, but he had support from an unlikely source—hard-line conservatives.How the Reagan White House Bungled Its Response to Iran-Contra Revelations | Malcolm Byrne | November 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Mitchell himself has taken a hard line against disclosures of financial information concerning his for-profit companies.At This Creepy Libertarian Charter School, Kids Must Swear ‘to Be Obedient to Those in Authority’ | ProPublica | October 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The militants first escorted the buses to a Sharia court, where their hard-line version of Islamic law reigns supreme.Abducted, Tortured, Indoctrinated: The Tale of a Teen Who Escaped ISIS | Yusuf Sayman | August 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But his ultra-hard-line stance against a political solution and peace talks put him at odds with the collective leadership.Top Taliban Commander Resigns, Revealing Major Rift in the Leadership | Sami Yousafzai | April 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She was looking at him with cool questioning in her grey eyes, her lips drawn to a hard line.The Imaginary Marriage | Henry St. John Cooper
He looked at the girl, her white face, the hard line made by a mouth that should be sweet and gentle.The Imaginary Marriage | Henry St. John Cooper
He encountered a small, hard line, like a lead-line, being paid out from the forecastle and carried aft by the man who had passed.Isle o' Dreams | Frederick F. Moore
The lips of Professor Sykes lost their genial curve; they straightened to a hard line.
Jim's Irish blue eyes were black with anger this morning and his lips set in a firm, hard line.The Ranch Girls at Rainbow Lodge | Margaret Vandercook
British Dictionary definitions for hard line
an uncompromising course or policy
hardline (as modifier): a hardline policy
- hardliner, noun
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Other Idioms and Phrases with 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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