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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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  • I have never cared much about the world's opinion, even in the days when I was most hidebound in prejudice.

    Three Comedies Bjrnstjerne M. Bjrnson
  • It is more free and easy, not so hidebound and overrun with hypocrisy.

    The Cottage of Delight Will N. Harben
  • The animal loses flesh, the skin presents a hard, dry appearance and seems very tight (hidebound).

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse United States Department of Agriculture
  • He comes from a part of the country that's not so hidebound by caste as this country.

    Nobody's Child Elizabeth Dejeans
  • Because they're hidebound, and, as I say, the priests heaven-and-hell them till they don't know where they are.

    Double Harness Anthony Hope
  • The Amphibs were, in their way, as hidebound—no pun intended—as the Land-walkers.

    Rastignac the Devil Philip Jos Farmer
  • On your right you see the 'pure,' the hidebound, the uncompromising Socialist, Isadore Braun.

    Comrade Yetta Albert Edwards
  • In the matter of evening costume, you see, Jeeves is hidebound and reactionary.

    Right Ho, Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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