hidebound

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj hidebound stubbornly conservative and narrow-minded
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hidebound (Hort) Having the bark so close and constricting that it impedes the growth; -- said of trees.
    • Hidebound Having the skin adhering so closely to the ribs and back as not to be easily loosened or raised; -- said of an animal.
    • Hidebound Niggardly; penurious.
    • Hidebound Untractable; bigoted; obstinately and blindly or stupidly conservative.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hidebound Bound tightly by the hide, as an animal, or by the bark, as a tree: said of a horse, etc., when, from emaciation or other cause, the hide on its back or ribs cannot be loosened or raised in folds with the fingers; of a tree or a root, when the bark is so close or unyielding as to impede its growth.
    • hidebound Hence Obstinately set in opinion or purpose; narrow-minded; bigoted; stubborn; unyielding: as, a hidebound partizan.
    • hidebound Shut tightly; closed fast; hence, closefisted; stingy.
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Usage

In literature:

Governments are apt to be a bit hidebound over their engines of war.
"The Secret Adversary" by Agatha Christie
Am I, then, a hidebound materialist?
"The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft" by George Gissing
He was not merely a hidebound aristocrat, but a pessimist who was trying to kill all hope of human progress.
"The Pivot of Civilization" by Margaret Sanger
But I should be sorry for you to think me hidebound in my prejudices.
"The Yellow Crayon" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
My traditions were still somewhat hidebound.
"Branded" by Francis Lynde
The animal loses flesh, the skin presents a hard, dry appearance and seems very tight (hidebound).
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
At the same time there was nothing hidebound.
"Sixty years with Plymouth Church" by Stephen M. Griswold
On the contrary, the savage is probably far more hidebound than we are by social regulations.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
You've got some guts, Rainey, but yo're hidebound.
"A Man to His Mate" by J. Allan Dunn
These simple facts show to what extent we are still hidebound by tradition.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
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In news:

It's not easy to deconstruct Erik Ehn's Hidebound.
Jean-Louis Palladin, a fearless and passionate cook who helped to free French cuisine in the United States from a hidebound orthodoxy while influencing a generation of chefs and food lovers, died yesterday in McLean, Va.
Out with conventional wisdom and hidebound opinions.
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