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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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On first look, Abe seems to be a political moderate with a like demeanor and appearance, but below the surface, he is actually a hard-liner with a conservative, conventional diplomatic philosophy putting emphasis on national interests.
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He may now face a challenge from hard-liner Jeffrey Donaldson.
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But the lifelong hard-liner, once sentenced to hang for the murder of a policeman in the 1940s, backed Adams in 1994 to convince the IRA they should back the present peace process.
Hard-liners point to China's regular calls for nations to resist "American hegemonism," and its "gunboat diplomacy".
With escalating violence and the critical curtailing of coal shipments, Harding by late August began to listen to the hard-liners in his administration.
Loyalist politicians like UDP leader Gary McMichael said they are finding it almost impossible to control hard-liners.