hidebound 1550s, from HIDE (Cf. hide) (n.1) + past tense of BIND (Cf. bind) (v.). Original reference is to emaciated cattle with skin sticking closely to backbones and ribs; metaphoric sense of "restricted by narrow attitudes" is first recorded c.1600.

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