: firm and inflexible in doctrine or integrity
a rock-ribbed conservative communityJohn Hale

Examples of rock-ribbed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While the Democrats have completely revamped their primary calendar, the Republicans have remained the party of rock-ribbed tradition. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 6 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of rock-ribbed was in 1776

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“Rock-ribbed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rock-ribbed. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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