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Meaning of bred-in-the-bone

bred-in-the-bone

Pronunciation: (bred'n u bōn'), [key]
— 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.
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