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bred in the bone
1. (hyphenated if used as a modifier) Deeply and firmly rooted, ingrained, or established. His bred-in-the-bone etiquette came as a result of his years of military training. In this part of the country, hospitality is simply bred in the bone.
2. (hyphenated if used as a modifier) Long-standing and habitual, especially of ideology or religion. Most people vote according to their bred-in-the-bone political identification, rather than making individual assessments of different candidates. A lot of times, religious views are simply bred in the bone.
born and raisedand born and bred
born and nurtured through childhood, usually in a specific place. She was born and raised in a small town in western Montana. Freddy was born and bred on a farm and had no love for city life.
born and bred
if you were born and bred in a place, you were born and grew up in that place and have the typical character of someone who lives there (often + in ) She was born and bred in Jamaica but now lives in France. He's a Londoner born and bred.
born and bred
Born and educated in a single locale or social class. For example, Adam was a Bostonian, born and bred. Although the two words were paired earlier, the precise locution dates from the mid-1800s.