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[hahyd-bound] /ˈhaɪdˌbaʊnd/
narrow and rigid in opinion; inflexible:
a hidebound pedant.
oriented toward or confined to the past; extremely conservative:
a hidebound philosopher.
(of a horse, cow, etc.) having the back and ribs bound tightly by the hide.
Origin of hidebound
1550-60; hide2 + -bound1
Related forms
hideboundness, noun Unabridged
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  • And a lot of its buyers are hidebound truck guys, suspicious of change or fads.
  • That's amazing considering how hidebound truck buyers can be.
  • Perhaps you are using satire to point out how impossibly hidebound is the traditional structure.
  • The hidebound health-care systems of the rich world may resist new technologies even as poor countries leapfrog ahead.
  • Professional services, such as law and accountancy, remain hidebound.
  • But economies were more hidebound then: job markets were less flexible and producers more stymied by regulation.
  • Others have been dissuaded from applying by hidebound teachers and careers advisers, who deter them from aspiring to such things.
  • The old model of command and control, with one leader holding all the decision-making power, is considered hidebound.
  • Yesterday's visionaries and yesterday's hidebound traditionalists have this deficit in common.
  • Sometimes the conflict partners are so emotionally wounded or ideologically hidebound, that nothing con stop the violence.
British Dictionary definitions for hidebound


restricted by petty rules, a conservative attitude, etc
(of cattle, etc) having the skin closely attached to the flesh as a result of poor feeding
(of trees) having a very tight bark that impairs growth
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Word Origin and History for hidebound

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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