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hard line

1. noun A strict and inflexible view of or position on something. I wouldn't come in late, if I were you—I hear the boss has a hard line on the attendance policy.
2. adjective Describing such a view or position. In this usage, the phrase can be hyphenated or written as one word. I wouldn't come in late, if I were you—I hear the boss has a hard-line attendance policy.
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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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The European Banking Authority (EBA) has taken a hard line on the regulation of the Bitcoin.
Signs of a hard line in Beijing were also apparent in the controversy over China's new e- passports, which depicted large chunks of Indian territory as parts of China.
Bush officials have taken such a hard line, sources say, that they're refusing to permit the release of matters already in the public domain - including the existence of intelligence documents referred to on the CIA Web site.
Behind Ferreras' hard line, Aerolineas did not pay 7,000 employees their April and May wages.
Sharon, a 72-year-old former general and defense minister, has taken a hard line in the past against Palestinian hopes for a separate state.
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Tate took a similar hard line in an interview with Human Events, the conservative weekly.
Now, however, it appears the Internal Revenue Service is taking a hard line with hedging transactions and will regard all hedging losses as capital in nature, even when the taxpayer is hedging inventory.
Now the executive committee of JOIDES (Joint Oceanographic Institutions Deep Earth Sampling), which oversees ODP, is taking a hard line with the UK.
Bryan Shirtliff, who was previously vice president of seasonal and hard line merchandise, has been named senior vice president of category management.
Previously, the Tax Court had taken a hard line on what constituted a taxpayer's principal place of business.