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noun

an uncompromising or unyielding stand, especially in politics.

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hard labor, hard labour, hard landing, hard lens, hard light, hard line, hard liquor, hard luck, hard maple, hard mass, hard money

Origin of hard line

First recorded in 1965–70

Definition for hardline (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 hardline

hard line


noun

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

hard-line


adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with hardline

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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