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Friday, February 27, 2009

Definitions for hidebound

  1. narrow and rigid in opinion; inflexible: a hidebound pedant.
  2. oriented toward or confined to the past; extremely conservative: a hidebound philosopher.
  3. (of a horse, cow, etc.) having the back and ribs bound tightly by the hide.

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Citations for hidebound
I never saw a man so distressed as you were by my will; unless it were that hidebound pedant, Lanyon, at what he called my scientific heresies. Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, 1886
These startups sell themselves aggressively as improvements on the hidebound world of old-school banks and brokerages. Julia Greenberg, "Wall Street's Struggling to Keep Up With Silicon Valley," Wired, April 13, 2015
Origin of hidebound
Hidebound entered English in the mid-1500s as a descriptor for malnourished cattle. It joins the words hide meaning "the pelt or skin of one of the larger animals" and bound meaning "made fast as if by a band or bond."