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.
This 1954 western starring Joan Crawford feels startlingly modern, slyly subverted of genre cliches and featuring a hard-bitten heroine who looks and acts like no one has before or since.
Co-starring Tina Turner, this action classic found the hard-bitten road rambler exiled to the desert to face some of the bizarre and isolated children who are descended from the survivors of a desert plane crash.
But many thought the chilly, hard-bitten Rather was a poor understudy for the fatherly Cronkite, for years known as "the most trusted man in America." Among the skeptics was Adweek, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.
Despite its lengthy running time, the film is a tense and tightly-coiled affair, with Gibson and Vaughn terrific as the hard-bitten cops at ease in their world of violence, sexism and casual racism, but also following their own off-kilter moral code.
Starring Dean Martin, the movies ended up having little in common with their original source, the hero being depicted more as a boozing womanizer than a hard-bitten agent.