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In chapter 3, what does "hide-bound pedant" mean?

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carol23 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 8, 2009 at 12:20 PM via web

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In chapter 3, what does "hide-bound pedant" mean?

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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted February 8, 2009 at 12:26 PM (Answer #1)

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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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