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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 for people to stop doing things that they are very accustomed to. 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. For instance, I still can't sit down for a meal without eating it as quickly as possible.
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old traditions die hard

It's difficult for people to stop doing things that they are very accustomed to. 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. Though there has been a massive push to educate the small town that the practice is harmful to their health, the townsfolk still insist on incorporating the toxic plant into their daily diet as part of their cultural practice. 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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In Southern France, an ancient tradition of burning a log from Christmas Eve until New Year's Day lives on.
Those who take the latter position do not want to supplement the Thomist tradition with doses of Enlightenment values.
Although the stories of the various religious and spiritual traditions differ widely and have little in common at the conceptual or theological level, many discoveries of deep commonalities are being made at the ethical and spiritual levels.
Shukla, who has been in the United States for the last six years, said that although tradition tells him to give his offerings in November, living in the San Fernando Valley necessitates another tradition.
The entire field of modern theology employs critical tools and theories that the liberal tradition developed.
She did an extensive apprenticeship with Susun Weed in 1993, and continues to carry on the wise woman tradition through local classes as well as making herbal medicines.
In some Middle Eastern traditions the priest chants the Eucharistic Prayer in Aramaic.
Meditation comes in many styles and methods, and it often varies according to the many traditions under the general Hindu umbrella.
One of the salient aspects of human culture is that a lot of cultural traditions have to do with negotiation of social relationships," Perry says.
The subject of legal traditions and the order of presentation (from chthonic to Asian) are themselves instructive of the author=s purpose.
Focus on holiday rituals and traditions that encourage reminiscing.
In his contribution to our symposium, Lee Trepanier details Hawthorne's efforts to renew the Puritan tradition through the power of art.
Jewelers' promotion of invented traditions should be seen in the larger context of the industry's competition with mass marketers.
And scholars see great potential for developing environmental ethics even within traditions that have lacked them.
The institution of summer camp exists and thrives in large part due to its traditions.