bred-in-the-bone

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\ ˈbre-dᵊn-t͟hə-ˌbōn How to pronounce bred-in-the-bone (audio) \

Definition of bred-in-the-bone

1 : deep-rooted bred-in-the-bone honesty
2 : inveterate a bred-in-the-bone gambler

First Known Use of bred-in-the-bone

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bred-in-the-bone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bred-in-the-bone. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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