hard line

See synonyms for hard line on Thesaurus.com
  1. an uncompromising or unyielding stand, especially in politics.

Origin of hard line

First recorded in 1965–70

Other definitions for hard-line (2 of 2)


or hard·line

[ hahrd-lahyn ]

  1. 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

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use hard line in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for hard line

hard line

    • an uncompromising course or policy

    • hardline (as modifier): a hardline policy

Derived forms of hard line

  • hardliner, noun

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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]

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.