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
Hardline clerics and youths suspect moderates of collaborating with the security forces.
Kawaguchi hoped America would remain open to immigrants in a way that her more hardline home country of Japan is not.
If the first 12 minutes of game footage released this month is any indication, the writing in Hardline is cringe-worthy at best.Gamers Want to Game: Video Games Aren't Blockbuster Movies | Alec Kubas-Meyer | August 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Meanwhile, in East Jerusalem, some hardline Palestinian officials now appear to be actively stoking the fires for political gain.The Gaza War Has Left Jerusalem More Divided Than Ever | Peter Schwartzstein | August 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When Asghar Farhadi shook hands with Angelina Jolie two years ago at the Golden Globes awards hardline figures reeled.The Kiss That Sent Iran Crazy and an Actress to Be Flogged in Public | IranWire | May 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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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