case-hardened :

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  • s  used of persons; emotionally hardened
    faced a case-hardened judge

  • The company's astonishing success is the result of a combination of safety-minded care and case-hardened lawyering.
  • Impatience with job-hunting journalism school graduates comes naturally to many a case-hardened newspaper editor.
  • She calls her loverhusband "Preppie" about 900 times too often; she sometimes seems case-hardened enough to scratch a diamond.

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