Definitions

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  • n. a retail product collection consisting primarily of hardware targeting the do-it-yourself customer
  • adj. uncompromising; rigidly holding to a set of beliefs
  • adj. belonging to a hardline (business noun sense); e.g. "hardline product"

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. firm and uncompromising

Etymologies

hard + line The term does not appear in either the 1913 or 1838 versions of Webster's Dictionary (confirmed at the ARTFL Project). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • PLEITGEN: Ethiopia says it intends to continue tracking down what it calls hardline jihadists in southern Somalia.

    CNN Transcript Dec 28, 2006

  • The current EU approach can hardly be described as "hardline" - member states are actually required to implement a Data Retention Directive under which ISPs must hang on to user information so that police can investigate crimes.

    Ars Technica

  • Police used teargas and secured the release of six embassy employees taken by what the semi-official Fars news agency called hardline students.

    Iran: Revolutionary Guard's calling card | Editorial

  • Wachovia suspended coverage of 90 stocks in total, including those of apparel retailers, broadline retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Home Depot Inc., and retailers that sell so-called hardline goods like home furnishings and auto parts.

    Wachovia Suspends Coverage of Consumer Stocks, Analysts Leave

  • He denied that they had founded a new break-away party and said it would emerge on Thursday whether re-conciliation was possible between the "new rightwing" and so-called hardline factions in the party.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • It must have become clear to them fairly early in SREB that unless you were taking this organization in the direction they wanted to go, that is, a hardline segregationist direction, that you were going to cause trouble for them.

    Oral History Interview with John Ivey, July 21, 1990. Interview A-0360. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007)

  • "The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan believes that the martyrdom of Sheikh Osama ... will blow a new spirit into the jihad against the occupiers," they said, employing the title the hardline Islamists use to describe themselves.

    Reuters: Top News

  • The event was addressed briefly by the cultural attache at the Iranian embassy in London, Ali Mohammad Helmi, who is described as a hardline supporter of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

    Harry's Place

  • Al-Maliki, known as a hardline Shiite during his first couple of years in power, has more recently transformed himself into a law-and-order nationalist who has occasionally reached out to Sunnis, who make up about 15-20 per cent of Iraqi's population.

    Winnipeg Sun

  • The prime minister, known as a hardline Shiite during his first couple of years in power, has more recently transformed himself into a law-and-order nationalist who has occasionally reached out to Sunnis, who make up about 15 to 20 percent of Iraqi's population.

    Durangoherald.com

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