or hard-shelled adjective Date: 1838 fundamental 2b, fundamentalist <
a hard-shell preacher
hard-shell Baptists
; also uncompromising, hidebound <
a hard-shell conservative

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • hard-shell — or hard shelled [härd′shel΄] adj. 1. a) having a hard shell b) having a shell not recently molted: said of crabs, crayfish, etc.: also hard shelled ☆ 2. Informal strict; strait laced; uncompromising, esp. in religious matters …   English World dictionary

  • hard-shell — hard′ shell′ adj. Also, hard′ shelled′. 1) having a firm, hard shell, as a crab in its normal state; not having recently molted 2) rigid or uncompromising 3) zool. hard shell crab • Etymology: 1790–1800 …   From formal English to slang

  • Hard-shell — (h[aum]rd sh[e^]l ), a. Unyielding; insensible to argument; uncompromising; strict. [Colloq., U.S.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hard-shell — I. ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adjective 1. a. : having a hard shell b. : unyielding, confirmed, uncompromising a hard shell conservative 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • hard-shell — /hahrd shel /, adj. 1. Also, hard shelled. 2. having a firm, hard shell, as a crab in its normal state; not having recently molted. 3. rigid or uncompromising. n. 4. See hard shell crab. [1790 1800] * * * …   Universalium

  • hard-shell — /ˈhad ʃɛl/ (say hahd shel) adjective having a firm, hard shell, as a crab in its normal state, not having recently moulted …   Australian English dictionary

  • hard-shell — adjective a) Having a rigid shell b) Refusing to compromise; confirmed or deep rooted …   Wiktionary

  • hard-shell — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Firmly established by long standing: confirmed, deep rooted, deep seated, entrenched, ineradicable, ingrained, inveterate, irradicable, set1, settled. See CONTINUE …   English dictionary for students

  • Hard-shell Baptists — Hard shell is the adjective used to describe Baptists who reject a common Christian notion of missionary work. The Hard shells believe so strongly in predestination that they conclude that it is futile for humans to attempt to effect the… …   Wikipedia

  • hard-shell crab — hard′ shell crab′ n. ivt a crab, esp. an edible crab, that has not recently molted and has a hard shell • Etymology: 1900–05 …   From formal English to slang

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