hard-bitten

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In height he was tall, and his figure was thin and loose-jointed, but stringy and hard-bitten.

The hard-bitten tailor was easy to quarrel with at any time.

Soldiers appeared, hard-bitten, tough, professional Greek soldiers.

There is no gainsaying that the Solomons are a hard-bitten bunch of islands.

He was a fighter, a dominant, hard-bitten woodsman, so the tale ran.

Trebell is hard-bitten, brainy, forty-five and very sure of himself.

He had been hard-bitten in his youth and trained in a hard, grim school.

I remember the long red wall of Hampton Court as the one warm feature of the hard-bitten landscape.

They were a hard-bitten lot, burned to a brick red by the untempered sun of the Rockies.

Five dusty, hard-bitten men, all armed with rifles and revolvers, drew level with them.

WORD ORIGIN

"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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