- tough; stubborn.
- conditioned by battle or struggle: a hard-bitten army.
- grim or severe in judgment or attitude: a hard-bitten old teacher.
- hard-boiled(defs 2, 3).
Origin of hard-bitten
First recorded in 1775–85
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Examples from the Web for hard-bitten
His gift for salty language impressed even the most hard-bitten grunts.The Story of the American Journalists Who Landed on D-Day
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Hard-bitten conservatives might be relieved, then, to find their misgivings about the president reflected by the left as well.Obama's New Broken Promise
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Even the most hard-bitten Chicagoans have to see very good times on the horizon.
But even the most hard-bitten Chicagoans have to see very good times on the horizon.
In height he was tall, and his figure was thin and loose-jointed, but stringy and hard-bitten.Sir Nigel
Arthur Conan Doyle
The hard-bitten tailor was easy to quarrel with at any time.Our Square and the People in It
Samuel Hopkins Adams
Soldiers appeared, hard-bitten, tough, professional Greek soldiers.The Invaders
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There is no gainsaying that the Solomons are a hard-bitten bunch of islands.South Sea Tales
He was a fighter, a dominant, hard-bitten woodsman, so the tale ran.Big Timber
Bertrand W. Sinclair
- tough and realistic
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Word Origin and History for hard-bitten
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