hide-bound

hidebound

[hahyd-bound]
adjective
1.
narrow and rigid in opinion; inflexible: a hidebound pedant.
2.
oriented toward or confined to the past; extremely conservative: a hidebound philosopher.
3.
(of a horse, cow, etc.) having the back and ribs bound tightly by the hide.

Origin:
1550–60; hide2 + -bound1

hideboundness, noun
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hidebound (ˈhaɪdˌbaʊnd)
 
adj
1.  restricted by petty rules, a conservative attitude, etc
2.  (of cattle, etc) having the skin closely attached to the flesh as a result of poor feeding
3.  (of trees) having a very tight bark that impairs growth

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hidebound
1550s, from hide (n.1) + past tense of bind. Original reference is to emaciated cattle with skin sticking closely to backbones and ribs; metaphoric sense of "restricted by narrow attitudes" is first recorded c.1600.
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