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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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It would not take many Conservative MPs to quit the party in opposition to a "no-deal" Brexit to deprive a hardline PM of the majority they would have if the DUP came back on board.
Ahead of the verdict, Khadim Hussain Rizvi, a hardline cleric who has brought thousands of people into the streets for past rallies, called on his supporters to gather in all major cities to express their love for the prophet and to protest if Ms Bibi was released.
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"Another factor likely to be driving greater co-operation between hardline groups is their fear of becoming politically sidelined in post-sanctions Iran.
In some ways, the hardline reaction was to be expected, given the propensity of hardliners to blame everything on the West.
"Hardline'' doesn't skimp on the hardware, offering more than 50 weapons and a couple dozen turbo-charged vehicles.
Powered by the Frostbite 3 game engine, Battlefield Hardline delivers a stylish and fresh new approach to the critically-acclaimed franchise as players experience both sides of the law in a crime-fueled, cops and criminals showdown.
Considering the fan frustration that the title has received, the default question of the fans for the upcoming "Battlefield Hardline" is pretty obvious: how different will this new "Battlefield" iteration be this time around?
Summary: Rally is organised by hardline wing of Southern Movement which is clamouring for renewed independence of south.
The American said he dreamed of blowing up the White House." He called the teachings of ISIL, which grew out of Al-Qaeda's affiliate organization in Iraq, "very hardline" and not according to the Islam he knew.
SE[pounds sterling]VEYE[currency] (CyHAN)- Two people belonging to Sinai-based hardline militant Takfir group were killed in a blast in Sheikh Zuweid city in North Sinai, security sources told Xinhua on Monday.
Indian mourners walk beside a truck carrying the body of Hindu hardline Shiv Sena party leader Bal Thackeray during his funeral in India
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