hard lines

plural noun

Definition of hard lines 

chiefly British

: hard luck often used interjectionally

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Seehofer, who has long pushed Chancellor Angela Merkel to take a harder line against migrants, said the new plan also envisions placing all asylum-seekers in big centers to have their applications processed there. Kirsten Grieshaber, Fox News, "Germany presents new, more restrictive migration plan," 10 July 2018 Seehofer, who has long pushed Chancellor Angela Merkel to take a harder line against migrants, said the new plan also envisions placing all asylum-seekers in big centers to have their applications processed there. Kirsten Grieshaber, The Seattle Times, "Germany presents new, more restrictive migration plan," 10 July 2018 Duque has pledged lower taxes, a tougher approach on crime and a harder line on socialist Venezuela. Anthony Faiola, chicagotribune.com, "'D.C. Colombian' squares off against former guerrilla as Colombians vote," 17 June 2018 Trump does not hesitate to take credit for the hard line toward Russia. BostonGlobe.com, "Crossed signals on Russia show Trump untethered from advisers," 14 July 2018 The case of Fanny Lorenzo, highlighted in a Miami Herald report, illustrates the recent hard line the American government has taken toward deportation. Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Did this legal Miami-Dade resident deserve to be deported over old drug charge?," 6 July 2018 In order to retain its absolute majority, the CSU is anxious to present a hard line on migrants and head off competition from the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party. Jefferson Chase, USA TODAY, "German government crisis: Chancellor Angela Merkel gets migrant compromise," 3 July 2018 That led to an international diplomatic skirmish that solidified Italy’s hard line on immigration and eventually resulted in the ship traveling to Spain. Gaia Pianigiani, New York Times, "Malta Cracks Down on a Humanitarian Ship That Carried Migrants," 2 July 2018 The Fed’s willingness to compromise contrasts with its hard line of recent years. Lalita Clozel, WSJ, "Morgan Stanley, Goldman Got Help From Fed on Stress Tests," 2 July 2018

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1824, in the meaning defined above

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