Hard-bitten



[hahrd-bit-n] /ˈhɑrdˈbɪt n/

adjective
1.
tough; stubborn.
2.
conditioned by battle or struggle:
a hard-bitten army.
3.
grim or severe in judgment or attitude:
a hard-bitten old teacher.
4.
(defs 2, 3).
adjective
1.
tough and realistic
adj.

“tough, tough in a fight,” literally “given to hard biting,” 1715, originally of dogs, from hard + bitten, with the past participle used actively (cf. ill-spoken).

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