Definition of hard-bitten in English:


(also hardbitten)


  • Tough and cynical.

    ‘joining the hard-bitten reporting veterans at the presidential debate’
    • ‘I am a hardbitten conservative… but this story actually brought tears to my eyes (a rare thing under any circumstances).’
    • ‘Along with William Gibson and Bruce Sterling in the 80s she was a leading figure in the new generation of Cyberpunk writers who brought a hardbitten tone to traditional sci-fi.’
    • ‘I like to think of myself as a hardbitten cynic, but I'm in tears here.’
    • ‘And only a few hardbitten Jewish settlers seem to remember that in early 1997, Netanyahu was the first - and so far only - Likud prime minister to yield West Bank land to Arafat, including 80 per cent of the holy city of Hebron.’
    • ‘The hardbitten industrial area from Notre-Dame to the canal between de la Montagne and McGill got its name, Griffintown, from the Irish immigrants who once settled there.’
    • ‘The audience of hardbitten hacks and New Labour apparatchiks dissolved in laughter.’
    • ‘Will James outbid hardbitten collectors in his quest for a Triang train at auction?’
    • ‘I'm hardbitten these days when it comes to seasonal jollity but a few of my seasonal buttons were depressed I can tell ya.’
    • ‘He's got all the tools he needs for the job too, a desk, an office, a hardbitten narration track and even some mournful harmonica music.’
    • ‘I thought Meighan had a strong, modern and hardbitten presence, I want to see him in more things along this line.’
    • ‘Victory did not merely prove elusive: even the most hardbitten commanders were forced to admit in the end that it was an impossibility.’
    • ‘Like most stories about the City News, even this one about the scoop that got away has, in its own hardbitten way, a happy ending.’
    • ‘Moreover, whether he's playing a Triad thug, a tough-as-nails cop or even a hardbitten firefighter, there's always a very convincing, down-to-earth character coming through.’
    hardened, tough, cynical, hard-headed, callous, as hard as nails, unsentimental, lacking sentiment, world-weary, case-hardened, toughened by experience
    hard-nosed, hard-boiled, as tough as old boots
    indurate, indurated
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