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hardmouthed

[hahrd-mouth d, -moutht]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to a horse not sensitive to the pressure of a bit.
  2. stubborn; obstinate; self-willed.

Origin of hardmouthed

First recorded in 1610–20; hard + mouth + -ed3
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Examples from the Web for hard-mouthed

Historical Examples

  • No––the horse is hard-mouthed, but I prefer my own saddle and bridle.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet

  • She was hard-mouthed and indignant, which, after all, was but natural.

    The Golden Face

    William Le Queux

  • He was hard-mouthed and gray-eyed; he seemed the kind of a man to do his job.

    When the Owl Cries

    Paul Bartlett

  • But he was hard-mouthed, and stiff-necked and hell-bent on having his own way about things.

    I Married a Ranger

    Dama Margaret Smith

  • You would soon spoil him, and make him hard-mouthed, if you jerked the bit about in that fashion.

    First in the Field

    George Manville Fenn


British Dictionary definitions for hard-mouthed

hard-mouthed

adjective
  1. (of a horse) not responding satisfactorily to a pull on the bit
  2. stubborn; obstinate
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