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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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Key terms chosen for major entries, thus, lack intrinsic links with the overall worldview of the religious traditions they purport to represent, and are instead based on ad hoc external considerations.
This means that even King's embrace of the Black integrationist traditions of liberalism, as seen in the abolitionism of Frederick Douglass or in the twentieth-century protest and justice work of W.
The traditions and panelist booked for this year are: Judaic Tradition, Kevin Morgan from Chochmat HaLev; African (Ga) Tradition, Kokomon Clottey from The Attitudinal Healing Connection of Oakland; Taoist Tradition: Master Alex Feng from The Taoist Center Zhi Dao Guan; First Nation Tradition (Six Nations), Patricia St.
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.
With the publication of his Science in the Medieval Hebrew and Arabic Traditions Gad Freudenthal has joined such respected names as C.
Praying the rosary for nine days before Christmas and singing villancicos (Christmas carols) around the nativity scene are beloved traditions.
For example, should we adopt the language of hostile intellectual traditions when presenting the Church's teachings?
Other spiritual traditions, ancient and modem, tend to select strands from the great storehouse of human spiritual wisdom and weave their own distinct design of the way to be in the world.
Others sought to renew the various traditions of liberal theology.
He indicates that this collection seeks to answer, in a substantive way, that African traditions have thought systems that address metaphysical and epistemological issues.
Let's go back to the three traditions we were talking about in the earlier interview (New Life Journal June 05).
He is a Ukrainian Greek Catholic who takes seriously Pope John Paul II's directive to recover the traditions of his church.
Three specific traditions are outlined in this article: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam.
In all, she and her colleagues nominated five conspicuous, lasting behaviors to be considered as social traditions in the monkeys.