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1 5/12 Word on Tue May 12, 2015 3:21 pm

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Hidebound: 

[hahyd-bound] 

Adjective


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.

Word Origin and History for hidebound


1550s, from hide (n.1) + past tense of bind (v.). Original reference is to emaciated cattle with skin sticking closely to backbones and ribs; metaphoric sense of "restricted by narrow attitudes" is first recorded c.1600.



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