hard-bitten

[ hahrd-bit-n ]
/ ˈhɑrdˈbɪt n /

adjective

tough; stubborn.
conditioned by battle or struggle: a hard-bitten army.
grim or severe in judgment or attitude: a hard-bitten old teacher.

Origin of hard-bitten

First recorded in 1775–85
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hard-bitten

adjective

tough and realistic
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