an uncompromising or unyielding stand, especially in politics.
noun, Chiefly British Slang.
bad luck; bad breaks (often used as an interjection).

sentence substitute, noun
(Brit, informal) bad luck Also hard cheese


: the President’s hard-line views on abortion

noun phrase

A policy or attitude based on severity and lack of compromise: Take a hard line with them or they’ll murder you (1960s+)
A firm, uncompromising policy or position. For example, The President was taking a hard line on the budget. [ c. 1960 ]


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