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break with tradition

To do something in a new, different, or unique way. I'm from a family of doctors, so I really broke with tradition when I went to art school! My best friend just got engaged, and she wants to break from tradition and elope.
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old habits die hard

It's difficult to stop performing actions that have been established as habits or routines. Even though we're all grown up, my mother still insists on cooking and doing laundry for me and all my siblings. I guess old habits die hard. Even years after retiring from the Marines, old habits die hard. I still can't sit down for a meal without eating it as quickly as possible.
See also: die, habit, hard, old

old traditions die hard

It's difficult to stop performing actions that have been established as traditions or routines. Even though we're all grown up, my mother still insists on cooking and doing laundry for me and all my siblings. I guess old traditions die hard. Even though many have died during the annual ritual, locals have been hesitant to abandon it. It seems that old traditions die hard.
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Old habits die hard.

Prov. People find it difficult to change their accustomed behavior. Joan retired last year, but she still gets up as early as she used to when she had to go to work. Old habits die hard.
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old habits die hard

COMMON People say old habits die hard to mean that people often do not like to change things that they have been doing for a long time. Despite ideas of equality, old habits die hard and women still carry the main burden of looking after home and family. The Council had introduced a few small changes, but old habits die hard. Note: You can use other words instead of habit. Women are still unequal in socialist countries and old attitudes die hard. They are the first to admit that old national prejudices die hard. Note: Die-hard is used to describe people who continue to support a person or a belief that is no longer popular with most people. The band broke up in 1970 and die-hard fans have been waiting for a reunion ever since. A few diehard conservatives cling to traditional ideology.
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old ˌhabits, traˌditions, etc. die ˈhard

used to say that things change very slowly: ‘Even though she’s retired, she still gets up at 6 a.m.’ ‘Well, I guess old habits die hard.’ ▶ ˈdiehard noun, adj.: A few diehards are trying to stop the reforms.diehard supporters of the exiled king
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NYSE: PB), parent company of Prosperity Bank, said it has completed the merger of Tradition Bancshares, Inc.
6bn Houston, Texas-based parent company of Prosperity Bank, has announced the completion of the merger of Tradition Bancshares Inc with and into Prosperity and the merger of Tradition's wholly owned subsidiary, Houston, Texas-based Tradition Bank, with and into Prosperity Bank, all effective on January 1, 2016.
This symposium gathers together representatives from different World Wisdom Traditions to share how we are all connected, finding the intersecting points of belief and sharing the deep similarities found in all traditions.
It would seem tradition outranked both Jesus and Paul and it intends to outrank anyone who would seek to have the words of Galatians 3:28 become the norm.
Gad Freudenthal: Science in the Medieval Hebrew and Arabic Traditions Aldershot: Ashgate Variorum Collected Studies Series, 2005, 374 pp, HC ISBN 0-86078-952-7
French homes often display a creche or Nativity scene, a tradition that began as early as the 17th century.
Rowland: What I argued in my book Culture and the Thomist Tradition: After Vatican II is that there is a division between those who think that the Thomist tradition should accommodate itself to the culture of modernity, particularly the economic dimensions of this culture--the self-described "Whig Thomists"--and those who believe that modernity and its liberal tradition are really toxic to the flourishing of the faith.
As a result of searching, probing interreligious conversations or encounters, participants often feel the need to gather with members of their own religious communities and explore at a deeper level their own tradition in relation to other religions.
Accompanying this recognition is the suspicion that these developments have finally rendered the just war tradition obsolete, irrelevant, impossible.
It's a tradition in my family that we always keep,'' said the co-host of ``Buscando Amor,'' a Spanish-language matchmaking show.
Wiredu insists that his account of truth in Akan tradition is epistemological and not ontological.
The Scientific Tradition that seeks to fix broken machines views menopause as a loss of estrogen.
The Roman--or Latin--tradition is the predominant Western tradition, but in the East a variety of traditions thrive.
DNA & Tradition of course emphases the being Jewish is not defined genetically, as Torah law specifically sanctions a conversion process by which people of any background can choose to join the Jewish people; but the discoveries of modern genetics open the way to a closer understanding of 100 generations of history.
They're singing and dancing its praises in David Leveaux's clear eyed revival of Fiddler on the Roof, and it's to honor tradition that this column once again attempts to look into the future.