take a firm line


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

Examples of take a firm line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But since some communities are resisting, Kanson-Benanav suggests that the next governor must take a firm line, even threatening to cut state transportation funding to communities that don’t comply. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Oct. 2022 Trump retweeted a post from Milwaukee police indicating protesters had thrown Molotov cocktails at its officers, urging law enforcement to take a firm line. Bloomberg.com, 2 June 2020

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“Take a firm line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20a%20firm%20line. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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