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hard-bitten

[hahrd-bit-n] /ˈhɑrdˈbɪt n/
adjective
1.
tough; stubborn.
2.
conditioned by battle or struggle:
a hard-bitten army.
3.
grim or severe in judgment or attitude:
a hard-bitten old teacher.
4.
hard-boiled (defs 2, 3).
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85
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British Dictionary definitions for hard bitten

hard-bitten

adjective
1.
tough and realistic
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Word Origin and History for hard bitten

hard-bitten

adj.

"tough, tough in a fight," literally "given to hard biting," 1715, originally of dogs, from hard + bitten, with the past participle used actively (cf. ill-spoken).

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