take a hard line


take a hard line
take a hard line phrase
to deal with someone or something in a very firm or strict way and refuse to change your opinion or decision

The government is taking a hard line over tax avoidance.

Thesaurus: to not change, or to refuse to change your opinionsynonym
Main entry: hard

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  • take a hard line — to deal with someone or something in a very firm or strict way and refuse to change your opinion or decision The government is taking a hard line over tax avoidance …   English dictionary

  • take a hard line with — See: HARD LINE, HARD LINER …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • take a hard line with — See: HARD LINE, HARD LINER …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • take\ a\ hard\ line\ with — See: hard line, hard liner …   Словарь американских идиом

  • hard-line — adjective having extreme political beliefs, and refusing to change them: a hard line Marxist see also: take a hard line on/over hard 1 (33) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • hard line — n. (pol.) to adopt, take; follow a hard line * * * [ˌhɑːd laɪn] follow a hard line take (pol.) to adopt …   Combinatory dictionary

  • hard — 1 adjective FIRM TO TOUCH 1 firm and stiff, and difficult to press down, break, or cut: Diamond is the hardest substance known to man. | The plums are much too hard to be eaten now. | The chairs in the waiting room felt hard and uncomfortable.… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • hard — hard1 [ hard ] adjective *** ▸ 1 firm & not easy to break ▸ 2 difficult to do ▸ 3 full of problems ▸ 4 strong & not frightened ▸ 5 unkind/cruel ▸ 6 with much physical force ▸ 7 about water ▸ 8 winter/frost: severe ▸ 9 facts, etc.: can be proved ▸ …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • line — [[t]la͟ɪn[/t]] ♦ lines, lining, lined 1) N COUNT A line is a long thin mark which is drawn or painted on a surface. Draw a line down that page s center. ...a dotted line... The ball had clearly crossed the line. 2) N COUNT: usu pl The lines on… …   English dictionary

  • hard */*/*/ — I UK [hɑː(r)d] / US [hɑrd] adjective Word forms hard : adjective hard comparative harder superlative hardest 1) stiff, firm, and not easy to bend or break hard wooden benches The plastic was chosen because it is very hard and durable. 2) a)… …   English dictionary