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take a hard line
1. To have or assume a very strict, inflexible, and unequivocal view or position (on or about something). I wouldn't come in late, if I were you—I hear the boss takes a hard line on the attendance policy. The film takes a hard line about the role of the government in this issue.
2. To deal (with someone) in a very strict or stringent manner. You've got to start taking a hard line with your kids, or they're going to walk all over you for the rest of your life. The principal takes a very hard line with students who vandalize school property.
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take a hard line (with someone)
Fig. to be firm with someone; to have a firm policy for dealing with someone. The manager takes a hard line with people who show up late. This is a serious matter. The police are likely to take a hard line.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.