hard-bitten


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hard-bit·ten

(härd′bĭt′n)
adj.
Toughened by experience.

hard-bitten

adj
tough and realistic

hard′-bit′ten



adj.
conditioned by battle or struggle; tough; stubborn.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.hard-bitten - tough and callous by virtue of experience
tough - not given to gentleness or sentimentality; "a tough character"

hard-bitten

(Informal)

hard-bitten

adjective
Physically toughened so as to have great endurance:
Translations

hard-bitten

[ˈhɑːdˈbɪtn] ADJendurecido, amargado

hard-bitten

[ˌhɑːdˈbɪtn] adjduro/a
References in classic literature ?
And each meeting meant a drink; and there was much to talk about; and more drinks; and songs to be sung; and pranks and antics to be performed, until the maggots of imagination began to crawl, and it all seemed great and wonderful to me, these lusty hard-bitten sea- rovers, of whom I made one, gathered in wassail on a coral strand.
Had she been short-haired, heavy-jawed, large- muscled, hard-bitten, and utterly unlovely in every way, all would have been well.
Elijah was one of the hard-bitten old-time travelers himself.
For all that he was a remarkable puppy, Jerry had his limitations, and he could never know the effect produced on the hard-bitten captain by the soft warm contact of his velvet body.
Genuine sourdoughs (pioneers) they were, tough and hard-bitten, who had been buried so deeply inside the Circle that they did not know there was a Klondike Strike.
They looked such hard-bitten, wiry, whiskered fellows that their young adversaries felt rather desponding as to the result of the morrow's match.
There is no gainsaying that the Solomons are a hard-bitten bunch of islands.
ALLOWING Boris Johnson to visit Moscow to meet Russia's hard-bitten Foreign Secretary Sergey Lavrov had predictable results.
A new voice in crime writing well worth keeping an eye on for those who love their thrillers fast-paced and hard-bitten.
You've got to get hard-bitten and professional and see games through.
The message, ultimately, is that like many hard-bitten detectives, Luther is inextricably drawn into this world, steeped in a darkness that allows him to see into the minds of psychopaths, but it invariably exacts an inner toll.
Obviously, your hard-bitten, cynical columnist doesn't do romanticism as far as footballers are concerned.