In chapter 3, what does "hide-bound pedant" mean?
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If you break down the phrase into the two words, it's easier to figure out.
Hidebound or hide-bound means someone who is extremely conservative or inflexible. A pedant is someone who makes a show of their knowledge.
A hidebound pedant is a very conservative, inflexible person who lets everyone know how smart they are. Not a very charming personality, to say the least!
Check out the definitions linked below to get some other shades of meaning in the words.
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