hard lines

plural noun

Definition of hard lines

chiefly British
: hard luck often used interjectionally

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Chinese officials have taken a hard line on the protests. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Hong Kong protesters to march in Mong Kok, one of the world's most densely populated areas," 2 Aug. 2019 Its chairman is former Claremont Institute president Brian Kennedy, and its vice chair is hard line anti-Islamist Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy. Jonathan S. Tobin, National Review, "Don’t Dismiss Communist China’s Critics," 23 July 2019 Trump's hard line on immigration has been a recurring theme in his presidency and is expected to take center stage in his 2020 reelection bid. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "ICE immigration raids to hit 10 cities Sunday, NYT reports, after Trump promised deportations," 11 July 2019 Chinese state media and officials took a hard line against the protests, which have ballooned into calls for more autonomy and democratic guarantees for Hong Kong. Washington Post, "For China, a growing conundrum: What to do with Hong Kong?," 2 July 2019 That has been cause for alarm among politicians and security experts who have recommended a hard line toward the company. NBC News, "Despite China concessions, Trump encouraged to keep pressure on Huawei," 1 July 2019 Also driving stocks higher was a reversal of the US government's hard line on Chinese tech company Huawei. Rob Mclean, CNN, "Stock futures jump after US and China agree to renew trade talks," 30 June 2019 But as international criticism grew over the government’s hard line against migration, some Italians have pushed back. Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, "Italy Arrests Captain of Ship That Rescued Dozens of Migrants at Sea," 29 June 2019 But as international criticism grew over the government’s hard line against migration, some Italians have pushed back. Elisabetta Povoledo, BostonGlobe.com, "Italy arrests captain of ship that rescued dozens of migrants at sea," 29 June 2019

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1824, in the meaning defined above

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