: advocating or involving a rigidly uncompromising course of action
hard-liner noun

Examples of hard-line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The hard-line former home secretary, Suella Braverman, whom Mr. Sunak fired from her job, is also mentioned as having leadership ambitions. Stephen Castle, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024 El Salvador was riven by brutal violence at the hands of gangs until President Nayib Bukele took office in 2019 pledging a hard-line approach to crime. Whitney Eulich, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Feb. 2024 Trump didn’t know Mattis well but was impressed by his reputation as a blunt, no-nonsense general and approved of his hard-line views toward Iran. Nate Jones, Washington Post, 6 Feb. 2024 While preserving certain avenues for legal immigration, the legislation would trigger hard-line restrictions at the border like an emergency power to deny many migrants entry if too many people attempt to cross illegally into the U.S. at once. Quinn Owen, ABC News, 6 Feb. 2024 Friday morning Iran's hard-line President Ebrahim Raisi reiterated earlier promises by Tehran to potentially retaliate for any U.S. strikes targeting its interests. Tara Copp, arkansasonline.com, 3 Feb. 2024 Just Friday morning, Iran’s hard-line President Ebrahim Raisi reiterated earlier promises by Tehran to potentially retaliate for any U.S. strikes targeting its interests. Tara Copp, TIME, 3 Feb. 2024 The Islamic Resistance in Iraq, a PMF offshoot that includes its most hard-line factions, claimed to have carried out an attack on U.S. troops at a base in the northern city of Irbil on Saturday in response to the U.S. strikes. Mohamad El Chamaa, Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2024 Some unionists and hard-line Brexit supporters argue that Northern Ireland will still be treated differently to the rest of the U.K. in order to keep the U.K.’s deal with the EU intact. Jill Lawless, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hard-line was in 1903

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“Hard-line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard-line. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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