take a firm line

Definition of take a firm line

:to treat someone in a firm way
  • He took a firm line with his son.

Word by Word Definitions

take play
  1. : to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

  2. : to seize or capture physically

  3. : to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. : a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

  2. : an act or the action of taking: such as

  3. : the uninterrupted photographing or televising of a scene

firm play
  1. : securely or solidly fixed in place

  2. : not weak or uncertain : vigorous

  3. : having a solid or compact structure that resists stress or pressure

  1. : in a firm manner : steadfastly, fixedly

  1. : to make secure or fast : tighten

  2. : to make solid or compact

  3. : to put into final form : settle

  1. : the name or title under which a company transacts business

  2. : a partnership of two or more persons that is not recognized as a legal person distinct from the members composing it

  3. : a business unit or enterprise

line play
  1. : a length of cord or cord-like material: such as

  2. : a comparatively strong slender cord

  3. : clothesline

  1. : to mark or cover with a line or lines

  2. : to depict with lines : draw

  3. : to place or form a line along

  1. : to cover the inner surface of

  2. : to put something in the inside of : fill

  3. : to serve as the lining of


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