hard line

hard line
{n. phr.} Tough political policy. * /Although modern economists were trying to persuade him to open up to the West, Castro has always taken the hard line approach./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • hard-line — (adj.) 1958, originally in reference to Soviet communist policies, from HARD (Cf. hard) + LINE (Cf. line) (n.) in the political sense. Related: Hard liner (1963) …   Etymology dictionary

  • hard-line — adj having extreme political beliefs, and refusing to change them ▪ a hard line Marxist →hard line at ↑hard1 (21) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hard-line — hard′ line′ or hard′line adj. cvb gov adhering rigidly to a dogma, theory, or plan; uncompromising • Etymology: 1960–65, amer. hard′ lin′er, n …   From formal English to slang

  • hard-line — [adj] firm adamant, hard boiled*, hard core, hard nosed*, inflexible, militant, stand pat*, staunch, steadfast, stern, stiff, strict, unbending, uncompromising, ungiving, unyielding; concepts 267,403,542 …   New thesaurus

  • hard-line — ☆ hard line [härd′līn΄ ] adj. characterized by an aggressive, unyielding position in politics, foreign policy, etc …   English World dictionary

  • hard line — hard′ line′ n. cvb gov an uncompromising or unyielding stand, esp. in politics …   From formal English to slang

  • hard line — ► NOUN ▪ an uncompromising adherence to a firm policy. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ uncompromising; strict. DERIVATIVES hardliner noun …   English terms dictionary

  • hard line — noun a firm and uncompromising stance or position the governor took a hard line on drugs • Hypernyms: ↑position, ↑stance, ↑posture * * * ˌhard ˈline [hard line] noun …   Useful english dictionary

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  • hard-line — adjective having extreme political beliefs, and refusing to change them: a hard line Marxist see also: take a hard line on/over hard 1 (33) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • hard line — n. (pol.) to adopt, take; follow a hard line * * * [ˌhɑːd laɪn] follow a hard line take (pol.) to adopt …   Combinatory dictionary

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