born and bred


Born and educated in a single locale or social class. For example, Adam was a Bostonian, born and bred. Although the two words were paired earlier, the precise locution dates from the mid-1800s.

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Example sentences from the Web for born and bred

  • He was ignored as only a born-and-bred Bostonian can ignore a man.

    Toaster's Handbook|Peggy Edmund and Harold W. Williams, compilers
  • I could not well tell this born-and-bred merchant that my guardian thought I ought to feel above trade.

    In the Valley|Harold Frederic