Adjective "hardlines" definition and examples

Definitions and examples


An uncompromising adherence to a firm policy.
  1. 'Under common attack, more moderate factions are forced to commit to the extreme hard line, whether they like it or not.'
  2. 'The Minister's department have taken a hard line with social welfare fraudsters in recent years.'
  3. 'This was the reason given last year for the government to take such a hard line over the rights of Muslim girls to wear the headscarf to school.'
  4. 'Some fear the tough policy will deter people from coming to the city, while others argue ambassadors must take a hard line on those who break the rules.'
  5. 'For some it will confirm the view that a hard line was, and is, justified.'
  6. 'They may split the vote in a way that favours someone such as Maureen Gilroy who takes a hard line against issues of social equity.'
  7. 'Vodafone has taken a hard line with abusive text messages, threatening to disconnect offenders' phones.'
  8. 'Will China suggest Australia compromise its hard line free trade position to attend the Summit?'
  9. 'He endorses a hard line on abortion in the platform, but he welcomes pro-choice people in the party.'
  10. 'In the end King Birendra resisted the hard line and conceded before the massive peoples' movement for democracy.'


Uncompromising; strict.
  1. 'You are never going to convert hard-line extremists by behaving properly, David concedes.'
  2. 'The impasse is encouraging hard-line Unionists to target the rule as a critical flaw of the reforms they oppose.'
  3. 'Many of the madrassas were run by Jamiat-e-Ulema-i-Islami, one of Pakistan's main hard-line religious parties.'
  4. 'Too often, he failed to understand how he was perceived not by hard-line Democrats, but by the general public.'
  5. 'These judges should not be hard-line ideologues for the controlling political party.'
  6. 'If fuel prices continue to rise and the Government is not prepared to do something about fuel duty, then it had better look out, warn hard-line farmers.'
  7. 'He has the great advantage in politics of being popular with people who are not just hard-line members of his own party.'
  8. 'Radical and hard-line criticism was poured on senior teachers.'
  9. 'So why does he sound so much like a new-age hard-line feminist?'
  10. 'Meanwhile, Oliphant said Safa has noted with extreme concern the hard-line attitude of the city officials in Cape Town.'


1. adhering rigidly to a dogma, theory, or plan; uncompromising or unyielding: hard-line union demands.

More examples(as adjective)

"sales can be hardlines."

"presidents can be hardlines."

"performances can be hardlines."

"halls can be hardlines."

"executives can be hardlines."

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