- an uncompromising or unyielding stand, especially in politics.
Origin of hard line
First recorded in 1965–70
- 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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Examples from the Web for hardline
Hardline clerics and youths suspect moderates of collaborating with the security forces.Al-Shabab’s Anti-Christian Slaughter
December 3, 2014
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
August 28, 2014
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
August 24, 2014
Hardline media have roared their disapproval and prominent conservative politicians have joined in.
For a time Niki Karimi, the actor and director, served as the bête noire of the hardline media.
- an uncompromising course or policy
- hardline(as modifier)a hardline policy
Word Origin and History for hardline
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with hardline
A firm, uncompromising policy or position. For example, The President was taking a hard line on the budget. [c. 1960]
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