hard lines

plural noun

chiefly British
: hard luck
often used interjectionally

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That stage of athlete activism created hard lines among those who did and did not speak out against the US government. Motez Bishara, CNN, 30 Nov. 2022 While discussions of the border often focus on hard lines, Crystal sees an issue that transcends boundaries. Alicia Fàbregas, Vogue, 14 Oct. 2022 Curves Ahead Terra’s svelte Cavallo dining table and chairs ($2,544, $522) soften the hard lines of the modern space while top-grade teak picks up amber veining in the flagstone patio. Jennifer Konerman, Sunset Magazine, 22 July 2022 But squint and make the hard lines blur, this girl looks like a model from a magazine. Lesley Finn, Longreads, 7 July 2022 One, a digital illustration with hard lines and uniform colors, was almost a caricature. Sarah Blustain, ProPublica, 9 June 2022 Cream blush will give you that beautiful dewy look and a buffing dense brush helps with any hard lines from the cream blush. Rachel Dube, SELF, 22 Feb. 2022 The heat spreaders and LED strips are relatively conservative and downright tasteful in relation to other gaudy memory offerings, presenting as mostly hard lines and no outwardly jutting ridiculousness. Mitch Wallace, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 That's led to some frustration on the other side of Pennsylvania Avenue because Biden hasn't taken any clear hard lines with any members of factions inside the party. Phil Mattingly, CNN, 28 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1824, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hard lines was in 1824

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“Hard lines.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard%20lines. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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