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English definition of “hard line”

hard line

noun [no plural]    
a very strict and severe way of dealing with someone or something: Judge Tucker has a reputation for taking a hard line on criminals .Not able to be changedKeeping and staying the sameSevere
hardline     /ˌhɑːdˈlaɪn/ adjective a hardline policy on illegal immigrants
(Definition of hard line noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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