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hard line

1. noun A strict and inflexible view of or position on something. The senator said she would take a hard line against introducing new taxes on the middle class.
2. adjective Very strict or inflexible. In this usage, the phrase can be hyphenated or written as one word. I wouldn't skip out on the production meeting if I were you—I hear the boss has a hard-line policy on attendance.
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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 American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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They are drugs fundamentally." The RFU's hard-line stance would appear to significantly increase the prospects of the South Africanborn prop forward getting a career-threatening twoyear ban.
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