bred in the bone

bred in the bone

1. Deeply and firmly rooted, ingrained, or established. Hyphenated if used directly before a noun. 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. Long-standing and habitual, especially of ideology or religion. Hyphenated if used directly before a noun. 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.
See also: bone, bred

breed in the bone

To deeply and firmly root, ingrain, or establish some trait or behavior, as if inherited genetically. His etiquette is the type of thing the military breeds in the bone. In this part of the country, hospitality is simply bred in the bone.
See also: bone, breed
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The result has since shown that "what is bred in the bone will break out in the flesh." Commerce was at a standstill; our master passed half his time under arms, as a national guard, in order to keep the revolutionists from revolutionizing the revolution.
{il y a Bourbon et Bourbon = there are Bourbons and Bourbons (i.e., they're all the same); "What is bred in the bone...." = a possibly deliberate misquotation of "It will not out of the flesh that is bred in the bone" from John Heywood, "Proverbes", Part II, Chapter VIII (1546)}
Intrepid leadership is risky business, but for some of us, it's bred in the bone."
The book is the third in the so-called Cornish trilogy that also includes The Rebel Angels (1981) and What's Bred in the Bone (1985).