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hard line

A firm, uncompromising policy or position.

hard′-line′ adj.
hard′-lin′er n.
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hard′ line′

an uncompromising or unyielding stand, esp. in politics.


or hard′line`,

adhering rigidly to a dogma, theory, or plan; uncompromising.
[1960–65, Amer.]
hard′-lin′er, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.hard-line - firm and uncompromising; "a hard-line policy"
uncompromising, inflexible, sturdy - not making concessions; "took an uncompromising stance in the peace talks"; "uncompromising honesty"
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[ˈhɑːdˈlaɪn] ADJ [communist, conservative] → de línea dura, extremista; [approach, policy] → radical
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