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hard-bitten

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj hard-bitten tough and callous by virtue of experience
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Hard-bitten given to hard biting, tough in fight
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. heard; Dut. hard, Ger. hart, Goth. hardus; allied to Gr. kratys, strong.

Usage

In literature:

What was it that this hard-bitten, travel-worn man, one who had seen, evidently, much of wind and wave, was really after?
"Ravensdene Court" by J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
They are very strong in the jaws, and are what are called hard-bitten.
"Anecdotes of Dogs" by Edward Jesse
Though badly gouged and bitten about the head, the swordfish was but little impaired in value, for its body had hardly been touched.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
He was lank, with a lean, wind-bitten face and a hard blue eye.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
He had served in India and South Africa, a hard-bitten soldier, proud of the traditions of his old regiment.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
We're a hard-bitten, independent, irreverent breed.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton
Their features were hard-bitten, seamed with hatred and with vice unspeakable.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1931" by Various
They were armed and he knew by their hard-bitten faces that it was another party of jumpers.
"Silver and Gold" by Dane Coolidge
Finally, however, we found in the engine room a hard bitten individual with a short pipe and some leisure.
"Gold" by Stewart White
There was a lean, hard-bitten colonel of the American liaison force in Greece.
"The Invaders" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
He has hardly bitten it when he is overtaken by an odd emotion, by a feeling of dizziness.
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
Their mounts were wiry, hard-bitten nags of medium height, and in good condition.
"Forging the Blades" by Bertram Mitford
The police sergeant was a hard bitten looking customer, typical of his line in life.
"A Frontier Mystery" by Bertram Mitford
He'd lost four teeth and had bitten his tongue hard enough to need stitches.
"Makers" by Cory Doctorow
For she had taken his little finger with her teeth, and bitten it hard.
"A Syrup of the Bees" by Anonymous
Between them a scanty, hard-bitten, salamander-like vegetation strikes root.
"Lodges in the Wilderness" by William Charles Scully
I'm pretty hard-bitten, too!
"The City in the Clouds" by C. Ranger Gull
Sitting in the shadowy room behind him a hard-bitten Canadian of a very different stamp watched Eshelby with an ironical twinkle in his eyes.
"Delilah of the Snows" by Harold Bindloss
I fancy that the hardened inhabitants hardly realise what new chums endure after they are bitten by these pests.
"The Wanderings of a Spiritualist" by Arthur Conan Doyle
McKenzie's companions, also, were "hard-bitten," or had become so through the environment.
"The Viking Blood" by Frederick William Wallace
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In poetry:

So I picked him up in a flannel jacket,
Well covered, lest he should bite me.
For I would have had to kill him if he'd bitten me, the
impure one. . . .
And he hardly stirred in my hand, muffled up.
"Man And Bat" by D H Lawrence
Then on to Nanango, that hard-bitten township
Where the out-of-work station-hands shit in the dust,
Where the shearers get shorn by old Tim, the contractor
Oh, I wouldn't go near there, but I flaming well must!
"Brisbane Ladies" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

While the rest of us were stuffing face and then lying on the floor groaning about how Mom overfed us, hard-bitten food feature editors were still at it.
Every bit counts to hard-bitten taxpayers.
Just how much would hard-bitten enthusiasts be willing to sacrifice in the name of performance.
Bruce Springsteen's Hard-Bitten Pop Optimism.
Every bit counts to hard-bitten taxpayers.
Lars Von Trier's ' Melancholia ' is aptly named in this end-of-world story with Kirsten Dunst in a strong, hard-bitten performance.
I love Arby's as much, if not more than the next guy but I would have a hard time getting near one of their restaurants ever again if I had bitten into a piece of finger in my roast beef sandwich even if they offered my free food for life.
Lars Von Trier's 'Melancholia' is aptly named in this end-of-world story with Kirsten Dunst in a strong, hard-bitten performance.
The injury bug has bitten the Eagles hard this season, and it shows no sign of letting up.
Bitten hard by the injury bug, Cowboys' rookie class has had minimal impact.
Wouldn't a lifetime's exposure to all the sneakiness and opportunism that strangers (and non-strangers) can toss in one's direction turn us into hard-bitten cynics by the time we reach a ripe old age.
As a warm and fuzzy counterpoint to the Hollywood images of hard-bitten military leaders.
The walls, done up in patterned ivory wallpaper and weathered two-by-fours, are hung with framed black-and-white photographs of owner Amber Sexton 's ancestors, looking appropriately hard-bitten.
They 're all actors bitten hard by the insidious racing bug.
It's his version of optimism – and it suits this hazy, gripping and hard-bitten album.
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