hard lines

plural noun

Definition of hard lines

chiefly British
: hard luck often used interjectionally

Examples of hard lines in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Currently, the menu draws hard lines between Mexican options and the Asian menu. Nick Kindelsperger, chicagotribune.com, 16 Aug. 2021 Thresholds aren’t hard lines between unprotected and protected; everyone always carries some relative risk, especially amid a pandemic this devastating. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 21 July 2021 Energetic paintings by Jennifer Duncan and Kimberley Bursic distill forests and flowers, respectively, into semiabstract forms, while Al Lipton’s canvases depict vaguely architectural structures in hard lines and watery pigment. Washington Post, 11 June 2021 Time had worn hard lines and chiseled planes into what had once been a slightly rounded face, tipping the balance from simply handsome into breathtakingly gorgeous. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, 29 Mar. 2021 Some hard lines, especially those of sculptures, complement quietude. Yelena Moroz Alpert, WSJ, 12 Mar. 2021 Having hard lines for start and end times at work helps too. Jeryl Brunner, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2021 The sides assumed their hard lines again this winter. New York Times, 15 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of hard lines

1824, in the meaning defined above

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12 Oct 2021

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“Hard lines.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard%20lines. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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