bred-in-the-bone love



from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Deeply instilled; firmly established: bred-in-the-bone loyalty.
  • adj. Persistent; habitual: a bred-in-the-bone liberal.


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  • The abiding, bred-in-the-bone ignorance of posh people about ordinary people – how we live, think, feel.

    How to learn to live with Tories

  • Author Satoshi Kanazawa, an “evolutionary psychologist,” then went on to draw some incendiary and fanciful conclusions from his findings: conservatism, he explained, is a very human predisposition based on self-interest—a bred-in-the-bone inclination to care about family and friends rather than the wider world that is genetically unrelated to us.

    Charlie Gillis

  • 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.

    Knowing Jesse

  • 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.

    Days of 'Thunder'

  • The hatred of the plaintiffs bar is a bred-in-the-bone attitude among Republicans, in the boardroom and on Main Street.

    Report From La: Rebranding The Political Parties

  • 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.

    Wild Blood

  • Theodore Roosevelt was a thoroughgoing, bred-in-the-bone individualist, but not as the term is ordinarily understood.

    Theodore Roosevelt and His Times

  • 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.

    Foch the Man

  • 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.

    Shoe-Bar Stratton

  • 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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