Definition of rock-ribbed in US English:



North American
  • 1Resolute or uncompromising, especially with respect to political allegiance.

    ‘a rock-ribbed Republican’
    • ‘I guessed that he probably never fit in too well with North Dakota's rock-ribbed mainstream.’
    • ‘These early 19th-century landscape paintings, which are often taken today as rock-ribbed representations of an intensely local and untouched landscape, were not always what they seemed.’
    • ‘Resolutions have appeared in small towns in rock-ribbed conservative Idaho, where Republicans reign supreme, and in major cities like Chicago, long dominated by the Democratic Party.’
    • ‘It was this group, founded by rock-ribbed conservatives and opponents of the president in 1940, that was the biggest and best-organized antiwar movement in American history.’
    • ‘Now he was running as a rock-ribbed conservative on social as well as fiscal issues.’
    • ‘Although a flaming liberal during the war, he became a rock-ribbed far-right conservative immediately afterward.’
    • ‘He obviously admired Sosa's rock-ribbed stamina: Sosa is a very good fighter as he showed against several players.’
    • ‘He was a rock-ribbed conservative Republican.’
    • ‘Keep in mind, the 22nd District is not his old rock-ribbed Republican seat.’
    • ‘My parents were not politically active, although they considered themselves rock-ribbed Reagan Republicans.’
    • ‘Most of the military will remain rock-ribbed Republican.’
    • ‘Under Jackson, the Lakers have played more aggressively against screens, in the style of the rock-ribbed Eastern teams.’
    • ‘The reformist state of Peter, Catherine, and - to a much lesser degree - Alexander I had ossified under Nicholas I into a rock-ribbed Restoration police-state.’
    • ‘Consequently, rock-ribbed demagoguery and uncompromising resistance seemed to be the only responses available to southerners who opposed desegregation.’
    • ‘She was a rock-ribbed anti-abortion, anti-tax conservative elected to her first term in 2002.’
    determined, firm, resolute, resolved, purposeful, purposive, sure, self-disciplined, strong-willed, uncompromising, unyielding, unbending, unwavering, unswerving, unfaltering, unshakeable, inexorable, forceful, persistent, persevering, tenacious, dogged, stubborn
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  • 2(of landscape) characterized or dominated by rock formations; craggy.

    ‘six thousand miles of rock-ribbed coasts’