hard lines

plural noun

chiefly British
: hard luck
often used interjectionally

Examples of hard lines in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lawmakers have taken increasingly hard lines on China’s labor practices, intellectual property theft from foreign businesses and generous subsidies for factories that produce far more than Chinese consumers can buy. Jim Tankersley, New York Times, 18 May 2024 Soften hard lines with a rich leather sofa or even add leather pillows or a wool horse blanket to add warmth through natural fibers that complement contemporary design without overwhelming it. Maggie Gillette, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 May 2024 But McCarthy’s right flank from the House Freedom Caucus, a loose coalition of the most conservative lawmakers, have drawn hard lines on government spending. Rachel Looker, USA TODAY, 7 Sep. 2023 Should Charter prevail, other pay-TV providers may similarly draw hard lines during their carriage negotiations with Disney, leading to further revenue woes. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, 6 Sep. 2023 See all Example Sentences for hard lines 

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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 15 Jun. 2024.

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