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hidebound

[hahyd-bound] /ˈhaɪdˌbaʊnd/
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
1550-1560
1550-60; hide2 + -bound1
Related forms
hideboundness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hide-bound

hidebound

/ˈhaɪdˌbaʊnd/
adjective
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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Word Origin and History for hide-bound

hidebound

adj.

1550s, from hide (n.1) + past tense of bind (v.). 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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