Definitions

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  • n. A person who takes a firm, uncompromising position on some policy.

Etymologies

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From hard + liner.

Examples

  • Mr. Bayik is known as a hard-liner in the organization and a supporter of old-style revolutionary Marxist, the initial ideology of the PKK.

    Turkish Leader Defends Military After Deaths

  • Amidror is known as a hard-liner who opposed Israel's withdrawal from Gaza in 2005.

    The Seattle Times

  • Mr. Lieberman, known as a hard-liner toward the Palestinians, could face charges of money laundering, fraud and breach of trust in connection with private business dealings during his tenure as a member of parliament and a cabinet minister, according to Israel's Justice Ministry.

    Corruption Indictment Threatens Israeli Foreign Minister

  • They are the crown prince, known as the most moderate among the group; the prime minister, who is said to be extremely wealthy, but whose power has ebbed as popular anger at him has peaked; and the minister of the Royal Court, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed, known as the hard-liner of the trio, according to opposition leaders.

    NYT > Home Page

  • I had read about Vorster and knew he was a hard-liner.

    The Good Fight

  • Mr. Bini Smaghi is considered one of the ECB's top economists and is a hard-liner against inflation.

    Italy's Bank Pick Rattles the ECB

  • Immigration hard-liner Tom Tancredo got in the race as a third-party candidate and couldn't overcome Hickenlooper's widespread popularity.

    Hickenlooper Defeats Tancredo In Colorado Governor's Race

  • The party also tapped José Ramón Machado, 80, a hard-liner, as Mr. Castro's second-in-line.

    Cuba's New Guard Borrows From the Old Guard

  • Jens Weidmann, head of Germany's conservative central bank, offered the hard-liner view that the accord will accomplish little if countries don't get their finances in order.

    Split Decision: Notes of Caution Amid the Relief

  • Palestinians have questioned whether they can make peace with Netanyahu, known as a hard-liner.

    Israeli Settlement Slowdown To End At Midnight

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