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  • adj. Not sensible to the bit; not easily governed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not sensible to the bit; not easily governed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a hard mouth; not sensitive to or easily controlled by the bit: as, a hard-mouthed horse.


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  • The show stars Denis Leary, a hard-mouthed, alcoholism-fighting father of three.

    Tyler Pontier: Rescue Me? More Like Rescue Us

  • It is important also to observe whether the jaws are soft or hard on one or other side, since as a rule a horse with unequal jaws20 is liable to become hard-mouthed on one side.

    On Horsemanship

  • He could not bear women who threw their shoulders and eyes at you, and chattered away; or hard-mouthed women who laid down the law and knew more than you did.

    Indian Summer of a Forsyte

  • It is a hard-mouthed saying, quite unworthy of a gentleman or lady in the best sense of those words; and I can use no stronger condemnation.

    To Let

  • The pack pony bearing their baggage was a hard-mouthed, contrary beast and occasionally, her father's serjeant-at-arms, had to yank on the lead rein to remind it who was master.

    The Falcons of Montabard

  • Thus far he had made do with the hard-mouthed bay that Hakim had called a nag, and an evil-tempered pack mule that pretended every shadow was a lion waiting to pounce and kept up a constant braying that strongly tempted Sabin to cut its wretched throat.

    The Falcons of Montabard

  • But it seems as he was taken with the gang, one hard-mouthed countryman swore home to him, and they were like to have others come in according to the publication they had made; so that they expected more evidence against him, and for that reason he was kept in hold.

    Moll Flanders

  • Cyrus being mounted upon a noble but a headstrong and hard-mouthed horse, bearing the name, as Ctesias tells us, of Pasacas,

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

  • His horse, the tall grey he perversely favoured, was tethered at the gatehouse; no great beauty in looks or temperament, hard-mouthed, strong-willed, and obstinate, with a profound contempt for all humanity except his master, and nothing more than the tolerant respect of an equal even for Hugh.

    The Heretic's Apprentice

  • All I saw of him this morning was the clothes he wore and the way he rode, very easy on what I should guess might be a hard-mouthed brute.

    One Corpse Too Many


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