breed 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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