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

  • adj. Toughened by experience.

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  • adj. callous and toughened by experience

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. not given to sentimentality or gentleness; -- of people.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. tough and callous by virtue of experience


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  • We began with Deadline U.S.A., a film that is not strictly noir but according to Eddie has the power to make every hard-bitten city desk jockey “puddle up.”

  • Conservatives, meanwhile, are buzzing over the cover story in the current Weekly Standard, in which Mark Hemingway argues that fact-checking as practiced by PolitiFact -- as well as by the Associated Press, the Washington Post and others -- is just old-fashioned liberal media bias gussied up in the cloak of hard-bitten objectivity.

    Dan Kennedy: PolitiFact and the Limits of Fact-Checking

  • The closest we ever seem to come is the Mulder and Scully clones populating TV, the mystical touchy-feely men paired with hard-bitten rational women.

    Emasculation not required at SF Novelists

  • This volume of gonzo musings completes the “accidental trilogy” begun in Blood Orchid and continued in Blues for Cannibals, offering more scorched-earth prophesying by the hard-bitten Bowden, a journalistic iconoclast in the tradition of Hunter S. Thompson, Edward Abbey, and James Agee.

    Cover to Cover

  • Forty hard-bitten lifers waited for the guard Barnum to go to sleep on his shift.

    Chapter 2

  • Picture it to yourself -- a hard-bitten, joy-loving sea-cuny, irresponsible, unaware ever of past or future, wining and dining with kings, the accepted lover of a princess, and with brains like Hamel's and Yunsan's to do all planning and executing for me.

    Chapter 15

  • There is no gainsaying that the Solomons are a hard-bitten bunch of islands.


  • Oh, well, the sailors for'ard may be hard-bitten, but I can promise Miss West that here, aft, is one male passenger, unmarried and never married, who is an equally hard-bitten adventurer on the sea of matrimony.


  • 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.

    Chapter 16

  • Ready to cry from twenty hours in the saddle, he learned to ignore the thousand aching creaks in his body and with the stoic brag of silence to withstrain from his blankets until the hard-bitten punchers led the way.



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