Origin of ingrown
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Examples from the Web for ingrown
It took that hideous affliction to remove the even more hideous affliction of destructive and ingrown stories.The Collector: Rebecca Solnit on Textual Pleasure, Punk, and More
July 2, 2013
But the place itself has become oddly small: ingrown, imprisoned by habit, oblivious to its own growing irrelevance.Afghanistan: Obama’s Moment of Decision
Andrew J. Bacevich
June 8, 2011
The man was small, ingrown and, as Brent Taber learned, somewhat stubborn.Ten From Infinity
Paul W. Fairman
He not only puts a microscope to his eyes to know with, but his eyes have ingrown microscopes.The Lost Art of Reading
Gerald Stanley Lee
They say that an ingrown nail is painful; an inpounded nail is worse.On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck
R. Pitcher Woodward
It is partly temperament, partly the ingrown habit of the pleader.
It had been his custom to keep his dogs inside the house, and therefore they had a thick layer of ingrown dirt in their coats.Eskimo Folktales
- (esp of a toenail) grown abnormally into the flesh; covered by adjacent tissues
- grown within; native; innate
- excessively concerned with oneself, one's own particular group, etc
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Word Origin and History for ingrown
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Grown abnormally into the flesh.
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