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1. Deeply instilled; firmly established: bred-in-the-bone loyalty.
2. Persistent; habitual: a bred-in-the-bone liberal.
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bred-in-the-bone(ˈbrɛd n ðəˈboʊn)
1. firmly instilled: bred-in-the-bone integrity.
2. inveterate: a bred-in-the-bone socialist.
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