hardline

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

hard line (some consider this to be a misspelling)

Etymology[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

hardline (plural hardlines)

  1. (business) a retail product collection consisting primarily of hardware targeting the do-it-yourself customer
    • 2002, John Cornell III, Hardlines FAQ (live original), Hardlines Digest:
      The Hardlines Digest is an Internet mailing list for members of the retail hardware and home center industry.
  1. (business) a retail product collection which includes many non-information goods, such as home appliances, housewares, sporting goods, in addition to the DIY hardware which is the focus of the first definition, above.

Adjective[edit]

hardline (not comparable)

  1. uncompromising; rigidly holding to a set of beliefs
  2. (business) belonging to a hardline (business noun sense); e.g. "hardline product"
    • 2010, Hardline Services by SGS (live page), SGS Group:
      Safety, product quality and performance are prerequisites for all hardline products such as toys, cosmetics, furniture, jewellery, DIY, etc.

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