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/ˈbrɛd n ðəˈboʊn/
firmly instilled or established as if by heredity:
the bred-in-the-bone integrity of the school's headmaster.
deeply committed or resolved; unwavering:
a bred-in-the-bone believer in civil rights.
from the proverb “What is bred in the bone will not come out of the flesh,” first recorded in England (in
) circa 1290, widespread in various versions since the 15th cent.
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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