hard line Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"hard line" in British English

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hard linenoun [S]

uk   us  
the ​fact of being very ​severe, for ​example in ​refusing to ​allow something or to give ​people what they ​want: The ​governmentwants to take a hard ​line against the ​strikers.


uk   /ˌhɑːdˈlaɪn/  us   /ˌhɑːrd-/
extreme and ​severe and not ​likely to ​change: a hard-line ​manifesto a hard-line ​politician
noun [C] uk   /ˌhɑːdˈlaɪ.nər/  us   /ˌhɑːrdˈlaɪ.nɚ/
He ​needs to ​persuade the hard-liners in the ​cabinet.
(Definition of hard line from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hard-line" in American English

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unwilling to ​change an ​opinion or ​position: a hard-line ​opponent of ​reform
hard line
noun [U]
The ​president has taken a hard ​line on the ​budget.
noun [C]
The Senator is a hard-liner on ​law and ​order.
(Definition of hard-line from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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