die hard

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v die hard continue to exist "These stories die hard","The legend of Elvis endures"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Actor Richard Gere was considered to play the role of John McClane in the movie Die Hard. Bruce Willis played the part instead
    • Die hard to struggle hard against death, to be long in dying
    • Die hard to die only after a desperate struggle for life
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Quotations

  • Mark Twain
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    “All say, How hard it is that we have to die -- a strange complaint to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.”
  • William M. Thackeray
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    “It's not dying for faith that's so hard, it's living up to it.”
  • William M. Thackeray
    William%20M.%20Thackeray
    “'Tis not the dying for a faith that's so hard... 'Tis the living up to it that's difficult.”
  • George Washington
    George%20Washington
    “It is well, I die hard, but I am not afraid to go.”
  • Henry Home
    Henry Home
    “The difficulty is not that great to die for a friend, the hard part is finding a friend worth dying for.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
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    “Nothing dies so hard, or rallies so often as intolerance.”

Idioms

Old flames die hard - It's very difficult to forget old things, especially the first love.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. heard; Dut. hard, Ger. hart, Goth. hardus; allied to Gr. kratys, strong.

Usage

In literature:

But the opinion dies hard that she is best off when least visible.
"Women and the Alphabet" by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
But I lived to see both him and Miss Elizabeth die a hard death.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
He died and she worked hard for her own living and the support of her mother.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 3 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
Canon Rollet, who died some fifty years ago, was a hard drinker, according to the custom of those days.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 6" by Various
MacVintie, who found it hard enough to reconcile himself to die once, felt a poignant sympathy for him, who must needs die again.
"The Frontiersmen" by Charles Egbert Craddock
Tharald saw her and the hardness died out of his face.
"Ilka on the Hill-Top and Other Stories" by Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
In the man's too-confiding eyes, hope died hard.
"V. V.'s Eyes" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
One's rather safer in our homestead than a Montreal hotel; but Mabel has lived in the cities and the Wild West tradition dies hard.
"The Lure of the North" by Harold Bindloss
Iseult, how hard love dies!
"The Romance Of Tristan And Iseult" by M. Joseph Bédier
I only say it is hard to deny those about to die.
"The Way of a Man" by Emerson Hough
He died Jan. 7, 1658-9, and is hardly to be counted in the present list.
"The Life of John Milton, Volume 5 (of 7), 1654-1660" by David Masson
Chivalry is not a primitive emotion, but it dies hard in the civilized brain, and I was attempting the impossible.
"White Shadows in the South Seas" by Frederick O'Brien
Yes, sir, it's hard to die, even out off a North Sea smack, as you say.
"A Dream of the North Sea" by James Runciman
Dying be so easy; living so hard.
"Children of the Mist" by Eden Phillpotts
I thought Algy died rather hard up.
"Life and Gabriella" by Ellen Glasgow
This ought to have been the death of Mahdism as well, but superstitions die hard in that land of fanatics.
"The Development of the European Nations, 1870-1914 (5th ed.)" by John Holland Rose
Skrymir's thongs seemed to thee hard, when at the food thou couldst not get, when, in full health, of hunger dying.
"The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson" by Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
Would it have been so hard to die?
"For the Faith" by Evelyn Everett-Green
Now the boy had tried very hard to die, and failed.
"Love Stories" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
Harding has died insolvent, and father has to make certain payments or lose control of a valuable property.
"Polly Oliver's Problem" by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
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In poetry:

Dear reader I was just a hog,
But O it's awful hard
To die disgraced, and then to be--
Turned into "Pure Leaf Lard."
"The Epic Of The Hog" by Edwin Carty Ranck
And just it is, this Duke unkind,
Now he has come to die,
In plundered land should hardly find
Sufficient space to lie.
"The Burial of William - the Conqueror" by Robert Fuller Murray
But those were in the early glow
Of feelings since subdued by care
And they have died so long ago
I hardly now believe they were
"I Am The Only Being Whose Doom" by Emily Jane Bronte
I opened my shutter at sunrise,
And looked at the hill hard by,
And I heartily grieved for the comrade
Who wandered up there to die.
"The Death Of Regret" by Thomas Hardy
But when the times are hard and straight,
His is indeed a sorry fate;
We let him die, with starving cry,
Like Lazarus, beside our gate.
"The Canadian Way" by Abner Cosens
And then I think how young she died—
Straight, barren Death stalks down the trees,
The hard-eyed Hours by his side,
That kill and freeze.
"A Niello" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Bruce Willis flexes his cinema immortality in yet another Die hard movie titled 'A Good Day To Die Hard.
When it comes to die-hard gourmets and avid home cooks, there is no such thing as too many cookbooks.
Grandson 's basketball tournament to steal die-hard fan from Bedlam.
Die-hard to skip Bedlam SAPULPA.
Die-hard surfers shreded Lake Michigan when high winds from Hurricane Sandy brought 6 to 8-foot waves.
I am a die-hard Sabres fan, but I still remember being parked next to my radio on a cold, winter night in 1982 hoping that Wayne Gretzky would set the NHL single-season goal record in Buffalo.
Harding , 84, of Pontiac, died at 7:55 am Sunday, Nov 25, 2012, at Good Samaritan Home, Flanagan.
Konley Lowell Harding , 21, of Manhattan, formerly of Burdick, died Sunday, Oct 28.
Warren Harding Johnson, 88, formerly of New Ulm, died Thursday, October 18, 2012 at Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Cloquet.
Apple Stock Hardly Died After Past Death Crosses.
Ska/Reggae Die-Hard King Django Visits the El 'N' Gee and BAR This Week.
Dawson, the Browns' reliable kicker, grew up a die-hard football fan in Dallas.
A family in Fort Wayne, Indiana, who are also die hard Hoosier fans, are highlighting UK's last second loss last year against IU.
Living in Athens has always been a dream of my husband, Tom, who is a die-hard Bulldogs fan.
Barack Obama scored huge points with the media, college kids and die-hard liberals -- in other words, his base -- when he mocked.
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In science:

Die hard test results for the random sequence, SHA1 algorithm and JAVA random function.
Two Dimensional Random Patterns
There are several potential loopholes in current experiments, leaving the door open for die-hards to reject certain philosophical implications.
Free randomness can be amplified
It is transformative, being able to convince even the most die-hard sceptics of the truth of quantum mechanics”.
Quantum interference of molecules -- probing the wave nature of matter
A prejudice hard to die wants any diffeomorphism invariant field theory to be topological, in the sense of having a finite number of global degrees of freedom, unless diffeomorphism invariance is broken.
The century of the incomplete revolution: searching for general relativistic quantum field theory
Even for the die-hards, the matter will surely soon be settled by the POINT-AGAPE experiment 20 .
RIP: The Macho Era (1974-2004)
We need to simplify our model since it is hard to obtain detailed statistics for the seven-sided die model.
Bernoulli Runs: Using "Book Cricket" to Evaluate Cricketers
While there is a hard core of conservative economists who will never accept these new ideas, they will eventually die.
Physicists attempt to scale the ivory towers of finance
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