hard lines

plural noun

Definition of hard lines

chiefly British
: hard luck often used interjectionally

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On matters of the environment, Hathaway draws a hard line. Elizabeth Holmes, Town & Country, "Anne Hathaway Is Nobody's Punching Bag," 8 Jan. 2019 Opposition leaders of the conservative Popular Party that was ousted from power earlier this year and the center-right Citizens party pushed for Sanchez to take a harder line on Catalonia. Aritz Parra, The Seattle Times, "Spanish PM compares ‘lies’ of Brexit and Catalan separatists," 12 Dec. 2018 Both sides have lately sought to defuse the confrontation, after earlier taking a hard line in a dispute that revived fears of a financial crisis in the eurozone. Marcus Walker, WSJ, "Italy Says It Struck a Budget-Deficit Compromise With EU," 18 Dec. 2018 The markets tumbled in response, with the anxiety driven in part by perceptions the White House is taking a hard line in its negotiations with China without agreement between the two countries on some fundamental issues. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Trump Team Set to Take Tough Stand in 90-Day Trade Talks With China," 4 Dec. 2018 That continues the president’s extremely hard line against immigrants coming to America, which has hit time and time again ahead of midterm elections next week. Alex Ward, Vox, "John Bolton just gave an “Axis of Evil” speech about Latin America," 1 Nov. 2018 Perhaps more surprising to some of its critics is the Trump administration’s increasingly hard line against Russia. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Trump Is No ‘Isolationist’," 22 Oct. 2018 China has taken an increasingly hard line since the election of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, who has refused to endorse Beijing's insistence that Taiwan is a part of China. Fox News, "Taiwan's Kinmen island begins importing water from China," 6 Aug. 2018 Liu Xiaobo was only the second Nobel Peace Prize winner to die in police custody, and human rights group say that shows the Communist Party’s increasingly hard line. Washington Post, "Nobel widow allowed to leave China after long house arrest," 10 July 2018

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1824, in the meaning defined above

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