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[hahrd-bit-n] /ˈhɑrdˈbɪt n/
tough; stubborn.
conditioned by battle or struggle:
a hard-bitten army.
grim or severe in judgment or attitude:
a hard-bitten old teacher.
hard-boiled (defs 2, 3).
Origin of hard-bitten
First recorded in 1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They were a hard-bitten lot, burned to a brick red by the untempered sun of the Rockies.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • In height he was tall, and his figure was thin and loose-jointed, but stringy and hard-bitten.

    Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle
  • There was a lean, hard-bitten colonel of the American liaison force in Greece.

    The Invaders William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • The hard-bitten tailor was easy to quarrel with at any time.

    Our Square and the People in It Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • They were deeply-burned, hard-bitten men, emaciated to a curious uniformity, mounted on horses as gaunt as their riders.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • There is no gainsaying that the Solomons are a hard-bitten bunch of islands.

    South Sea Tales Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for hard-bitten


tough and realistic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hard-bitten

"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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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