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musclebound

[muhs-uh l-bound]
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adjective
  1. having enlarged and inelastic muscles, as from excessive exercise.
  2. rigid; inflexible: musclebound rules.

Origin of musclebound

First recorded in 1875–80; muscle + -bound1
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  • And I'm glad to see your mind isn't as muscle-bound as your body.

    Deathworld

    Harry Harrison

  • I'm not going to try and cure this planet full of muscle-bound sharpshooters.

    Deathworld

    Harry Harrison

  • The man was not muscle-bound, after all, and he could drive a blow like a trip-hammer.

  • In the early months of the war our democratic processes were muscle-bound.

    Proclaim Liberty!

    Gilbert Seldes

  • It can dwarf a warm hand into a cold, hard, muscle-bound fist.


British Dictionary definitions for muscle-bound

muscle-bound

adjective
  1. having overdeveloped and inelastic muscles
  2. lacking flexibility
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Word Origin and History for muscle-bound

adj.

1879, from muscle (n.) + bound, past participle of bind (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

muscle-bound in Medicine

musclebound

adj.
  1. Having inelastic, overdeveloped muscles that function poorly together for concerted action.
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