ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n (disapproval)
If you describe someone as hard-bitten, you are critical of them because they do not show much emotion or have much sympathy for other people, usually because they have experienced many unpleasant things.

...a cynical hard-bitten journalist.


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  • hard-bitten — tough, tough in a fight, lit. given to hard biting, 1715, originally of dogs, from HARD (Cf. hard) + BITTEN (Cf. bitten), with the pp. used actively (Cf. ill spoken) …   Etymology dictionary

  • hard-bitten — adj not easily shocked or upset, because you have had a lot of experience ▪ a hard bitten cop …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hard-bitten — [härd′bit′ n] adj. 1. Archaic that bites hard; tough in fighting: said of dogs 2. stubborn; tough; dogged …   English World dictionary

  • hard-bitten — index obdurate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • hard-bitten — /hahrd bit n/, adj. 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). [1775 85] * * * …   Universalium

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