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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
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.
His father, Moon Landrieu, had supported desegregation as a state legislator and City Council member and, as mayor in the 1970s, brought black people into positions of power in city government — drawing anger from hidebound segregationists.
The city is part of a series of ambitious initiatives spearheaded by Prince Mohammed, who is seeking to transform Saudi Arabia from a hidebound petrostate to a hub for new technology and innovation.
Like golf, tennis was as hidebound as the aristocrats who then played and most closely followed the sport.
The school’s approach to music was hidebound, but Debussy wanted to reinvent it, creating shimmering, chromatic sound pictures based on unusual scales and chords.
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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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