What does hard lines mean?

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  1. (idiomatic, dated) Expressed to someone suffering misfortune.
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The hunters, on the other hand, had stronger and more diversified faces, with hard lines and the marks of the free play of passions.
His lips were curled in hard lines and his teeth were clinched.
Jugendstil art includes a variety of different methods, applied by the various individual artists and features the use of hard lines as well as sinuous curves.
Once more the horrible slate appeared when she had done, between the writing paper and her eyes, with the hard lines of warning pitilessly traced on it.
Do not believe the glib, easy solutions and hard lines put forward in the tabloid press.
Pendant earrings have a slenderising effect on full, round faces and they also soften the hard lines of an upswept hairstyle, as do very large earclips.

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