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hard line

A firm, uncompromising policy or position.

hard′-line′ adj.
hard′-lin′er n.
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[ˌhɑːdˈlaɪnəʳ] Nduro/a m/f (Pol) (= supporter) → partidario/a m/f de línea dura; (= politician) → político/a m/f de línea dura
the hard-liners of the partyel ala dura del partido
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An hard-liner against North Korea has been gaining a stronger presence in the administration of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi since he accompanied the premier to Pyongyang for landmark talks with the North's leader Kim Jong Il in September.
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Sharon's decision to leave Likud sent shock waves through Israel, redrawing the political map, finalising his transformation from hard-liner to moderate and boosting prospects of progress in peacemaking with the Palestinians.
Calling Sharon a hard-liner or a warmonger is hardly anti-Semitic, contrary to what Schoenfeld seems to imply--but comparing the head of the Jewish state to Hitler, who sought to exterminate the Jews, is beyond obscenity.
Three blasts went off several blocks from parliament yesterday as hard-liner Alvaro Uribe entered the building to take the oath of office.
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But he was soon whipped back into shape by hard-liner Advocaat.
Years later Kennan would characterize Forrestal as "sharp, tense, inquisitive, potentially very much a hard-liner....