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.

1550–60; hide2 + -bound1

hideboundness, noun
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hidebound (ˈhaɪdˌbaʊnd)
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 & History

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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Example sentences
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.
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