American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Deeply instilled; firmly established: bred-in-the-bone loyalty.
- adj. Persistent; habitual: a bred-in-the-bone liberal.
“The abiding, bred-in-the-bone ignorance of posh people about ordinary people – how we live, think, feel.”
“Author Satoshi Kanazawa, an âevolutionary psychologist,â then went on to draw some incendiary and fanciful conclusions from his findings: conservatism, he explained, is a very human predisposition based on self-interestâa bred-in-the-bone inclination to care about family and friends rather than the wider world that is genetically unrelated to us.”
“She was religious, and went to Mass on Sundays; her bred-in-the-bone politeness prevented her from comment the numerous times I had gone off on anti-religion rants.”
“Three of the projects he's developing, including one about Oscar Levant and a movie of the classic Hollywood novel "What Makes Sammy Run?", return to his favorite, bred-in-the-bone subject.”
“The hatred of the plaintiffs bar is a bred-in-the-bone attitude among Republicans, in the boardroom and on Main Street.”
“And he stuck with the lesson like a burr, that bred-in-the-bone Kendrick stubbornness keeping him at it even when he was close to tears of sheer frustration.”
“Theodore Roosevelt was a thoroughgoing, bred-in-the-bone individualist, but not as the term is ordinarily understood.”
“And this was valuable to him in preparing him to command under-officers in whom a rigorous uniformity of training could not obliterate bred-in-the-bone differences.”
“To the bred-in-the-bone rancher the mention of blackleg, that deadly contagious and most fatal of cattle diseases, is almost as startling as bubonic plague would be to the average human.”
“With such bred-in-the-bone sense of time as the artist commands, it is little wonder he takes no great interest in mechanical time-beating.”
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