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hard line

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishhard linehard linea strict way of dealing with someone or something πŸ”Š The president should abandon his hard line in the region.take/adopt a hard line (on something) πŸ”Š The school takes a very hard line on drugs. β†’ hard
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take/adopt a hard line (on something)β€’ But both sides are taking a hard line.β€’ But the Clinton administration is still taking a hard line.β€’ But when money starts to change hands, they take a harder line.β€’ In 1969 they took a hard line.β€’ But they are taking a hard line in negotiations with the Legislature.β€’ But regulators are taking a harder line these days.β€’ Clinton, in short, did not take a hard line, though he should have.β€’ De Gaulle took a hard line towards the strike.
hard-lineˌhard-ˈline adjective πŸ”Š πŸ”Š EXTREMEhaving extreme political beliefs, and refusing to change them πŸ”Š a hard-line Marxist β†’ hard line at hard1(21)
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hard-lineβ€’ The banning of popular plays is normally associated with the hard-line Calvinist reformers.β€’ a hard-line Communist countryβ€’ Nabiyev had led the republic's Communist Party under Brezhnev, and was generally seen as a hard-line conservative.β€’ Not surprisingly, the elections did just that, bringing into office hard-line nationalists who oppose interethnic cooperation.β€’ But the church is also divided, with a more moderate faction overshadowed by the hard-line nationalists.β€’ They will boost Communist Party reformers, who are battling hard-line opponents before a crucial autumn party congress.β€’ The amicable resolution suggested the reformist president and hard-line parliament may be trying to break their cycle of confrontation and deadlock.β€’ Ian Paisley, is one of the most hard-line Unionists.
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