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Meaning of hard-bitten

hard-bit•ten

Pronunciation: (härd'bit'n), [key]
— adj.
  1. tough; stubborn.
  2. conditioned by battle or struggle: a hard-bitten army.
  3. grim or severe in judgment or attitude: a hard-bitten old teacher.
  4. hard-boiled (defs. 2, 3).
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