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English definition of “hard-bitten”

hard-bitten

adjective uk   /ˌhɑːdˈbɪt.ən/ us    /ˌhɑːrdˈbɪt̬-/
If someone is hard-bitten, their character has been made stronger as a result of difficult experiences in the past: This particular murder case was so horrific that it shocked even the most hard-bitten of New York police officers.
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