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Examples of hidebound in a Sentence
the hidebound innkeeper refused to see the need for a Web site, insisting that the inn had done without one for over 150 years
Recent Examples of hidebound from the Web
Created after 9/11 to wrangle the hidebound agencies that had missed the al-Qaeda threat, the Director of National Intelligence is infamous for having much responsibility but little authority.
The new format, which will be unveiled to the public on Tuesday, has sparked a debate within the hidebound world of department stores, where change comes at a glacial pace.
This gave pause to hidebound, conservative Catholics who were fine with the exclusionary stances the church was taking.
So Meghan Markle, newly engaged to Prince Harry, might be giving up her career as a successful actress to marry into a hidebound — and in many ways meaningless and anachronistic — institution.
The decision was seen by some observers as a daring bid by a hidebound cultural establishment to keep up with the times.
The Army is a hidebound organization that prizes conformity, and McMaster’s lustrous public profile has not always translated into professional advancement.
The Catholic Church has a reputation for being a little hidebound.
DeVos routinely attacks public schools as being hidebound and has made clear that her top priority is expanding alternatives to traditional public schools.
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Did You Know?
Hidebound has its origins in agriculture. The word, which appeared in English as hyde bounde in the 16th century, originally described cattle that, due to illness or poor feeding, had skin that clung to the skeleton and could not be pinched, loosened, or worked with the fingers. Hidebound has also been applied to humans - both literally, to describe people with tight skin, and figuratively. In its earliest figurative usage, hidebound meant "stingy" or "miserly." That sense has since fallen out of use, but a second figurative usage, describing people who are rigid or unyielding in their actions or beliefs, lives on in our language today.
archconservative, brassbound, button-down (or buttoned-down), conservative, die-hard, old-fashioned, old-line, old-school, orthodox, reactionary, standpat, traditional, traditionalistic, ultraconservative, unprogressive;
HIDEBOUND Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hidebound for English Language Learners
: not willing to accept new or different ideas
medical Definition of hidebound
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