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hidebound (adj.)

1550s, from hide (n.1) + past tense of bind (v.). Original reference is to emaciated cattle with skin sticking closely to backbones and ribs; metaphoric sense of "restricted by narrow attitudes, obstinately set in opinion" is first recorded c. 1600. The rare hide-bind (v.) is a back-formation.

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Definitions of hidebound

hidebound (adj.)
stubbornly conservative and narrow-minded;
Synonyms: traditionalist
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