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  • adj. being or having the customs or manners or dress of a city person


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  • But they were too careful, too quiet for a city-born random.

    Scott Westerfeld: Uglies Quartet

  • Adolphus Cherrill, tilling his portion of prairie land with scant enthusiasm he was a city-born man, retained Carthage as his goal, offering a chance to move up in the world.

    Chaplin’s Girl

  • OBAMA: If three civil rights workers in Mississippi -- black, white, Christian and Jew, city-born and country-bred -- could lay down their lives in freedom's cause, I know we can come together to face down the challenges of our own time.

    CNN Transcript Jul 17, 2009

  • My father--also city-born and city-bred, albeit in Queens, while my mother grew up in Manhattan and worked there for many years as well--is curiously cowed by the city, and that reversed their usual dynamic.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • David was the first child raised in the Smoke, and he understood the wild instinctively, in a way that no city-born person could.

    Bogus to Bubbly

  • He would have been dragging a city-born lady along the sidewalk by now.


  • Most of the others were muscular young Irish farm boys: the work was too hard for stunted city-born men.

    A Place Called Freedom

  • None of them dared to hope that this newly minted billionaire, city-born and city-bred, would continue to live in what urban politicians called a rural wasteland.

    The Cat Who Moved A Mountain

  • No city-born and -bred female, stubborn though she was, would beat him.

    Surrender A Dream

  • Thirteen Ordinarily Stef would have been fascinated by the activities in the fields - he was city-born and bred, and the farmers at their harvest-work were as alien to him as the Tayledras, and as interesting.

    Magic's Price


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