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 But according to Simon and other researchers who have put the system under the microscope, the picture isn’t so black-and-white, and the hard lines drawn by the state are made of myth, not science. Jason Fagone, SFChronicle.com, "California could cut its prison population in half and free 50,000 people. Amid pandemic, will the state act?," 14 Aug. 2020 The long-simmering feud came to the forefront last year as Washington and Beijing clashed over broader trade and economic issues, and some in the White House have been urging Trump to take a harder line on the audit inspections. David Westin, Bloomberg.com, "Pelosi Says House Will Review Bill to Delist Chinese Companies," 26 May 2020 The long-simmering feud came to the forefront last year as Washington and Beijing clashed over broader trade and economic issues, and some in the White House have been urging Trump to take a harder line on the audit inspections. Fortune, "Senate overwhelmingly approves bill to delist certain Chinese companies. Here’s who it could affect," 20 May 2020 Other countries are taking a harder line against Beijing. New York Times, "China’s ‘OK Boomer’: Generations Clash Over the Nation’s Future," 14 May 2020 The Occupational Health and Safety Administration, traditionally tasked with protecting workers in decades past, has also resisted taking a harder line on safety during the pandemic, critics charge. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Frontline workers call for May Day strike over working conditions," 1 May 2020 Thae ran on the ticket of the main conservative opposition United Future Party, which has called for a harder line on North Korea’s nuclear ambition and its record of widespread human rights abuses. Fox News, "North Korean defector wins seat in South Korean parliament," 17 Apr. 2020 Thae ran on the ticket of the main conservative opposition United Future Party, which has called for a harder line on North Korea’s nuclear ambition and its record of widespread human rights abuses. Time, "North Korean Defector Wins South Korean Parliament Seat," 16 Apr. 2020 The Nationalist Party, or Kuomintang, which has advocated closer ties with Beijing, on Saturday elected a new chairman who has pledged to take a harder line against China’s influence. William Kazer, WSJ, "Taiwan’s Opposition Party Reconsiders Support for Closer China Ties," 8 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of hard lines

1824, in the meaning defined above

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“Hard lines.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard%20lines. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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