hard-bitten








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. hard-boiled(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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