bred-in-the-bone
adjective Date: 15th century 1. deep-rooted <
bred-in-the-bone honesty
>
2. inveterate <
a bred-in-the-bone gambler
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • bred in the bone — see ↑breed, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑bone bred in the bone used to describe a personal quality that is a deep or basic part of someone s nature His love of sports is bred in the bone. [=ingrained] often used as bred in the bone …   Useful english dictionary

  • bred-in-the-bone — /bred n dheuh bohn /, adj. 1. firmly instilled or established as if by heredity: the bred in the bone integrity of the school s headmaster. 2. deeply committed or resolved; unwavering: a bred in the bone believer in civil rights. [from the… …   Universalium

  • bred-in-the-bone — | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adjective 1. : very deeply inculcated : made in essential of an overall character his bred in the bone honesty the bred in the bone frugality of the peasantry 2. : marked by a quality, trait, or belief that is inveterate, deep …   Useful english dictionary

  • bred-in-the-bone — [[t]ˈbrɛd n ðəˈboʊn[/t]] adj. 1) cvb firmly instilled: bred in the bone integrity[/ex] 2) cvb inveterate: a bred in the bone socialist[/ex] …   From formal English to slang

  • bred in the bone — {adj. phr.} Belonging to your nature or character, especially from early teaching or long habit; natural from belief or habit; believing deeply. * /The Willett children s cleanness is bred in the none./ Often used, with hyphens before the noun. * …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • bred in the bone — {adj. phr.} Belonging to your nature or character, especially from early teaching or long habit; natural from belief or habit; believing deeply. * /The Willett children s cleanness is bred in the none./ Often used, with hyphens before the noun. * …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • bred\ in\ the\ bone — adj. phr. Belonging to your nature or character, especially from early teaching or long habit; natural from belief or habit; believing deeply. The Willett children s cleanness is bred in the none. Often used, with hyphens before the noun. Joe is… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • what’s bred in the bone will come out in the flesh — Lifelong habits or inherited characteristics cannot be concealed (cf. blood will tell). The form and emphasis of the proverb have been altered in recent years by the omission of a negative. Cf. medieval L. osse radicatum raro de carne recedit,… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • What's Bred in the Bone — infobox Book | name = What s Bred in the Bone image caption = author = Robertson Davies illustrator = cover artist = country = Canada language = English series = The Cornish Trilogy genre = literary publisher = Macmillan of Canada pub date = 1985 …   Wikipedia

  • what's bred in the bone will come out in the flesh — I what s bred in the bone will come out in the flesh (or blood) proverb a person s behavior or characteristics are determined by heredity II what s bred in the bone will come out in the flesh (or blood) see bone …   Useful english dictionary

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