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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

proverb 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

proverb 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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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 a media statement from the PM's Office availed to Nampa on Sunday, the Premier further said it is traditions and customs that make up communities and through the practice of customs and traditions cementing of the togetherness and social cohesions in communities.
Even though religious views on Easter prevail in all age groups, it becomes dominant for respondents aged 50+, and even more so for those older than 70."Younger people and middle-aged people tend to view Easter as a time for folk traditions or holidays," Rastislav Koan of the Go4insight agency said, as quoted by the TASR newswire.Traditions for families with childrenWhen it comes to regional differences, people from eastern Slovakia ascribe religious significance to the Easter holiday the most.
This means that our culture and tradition find appeal among the tourists.
Now that may all be well and good, but how do we know when a tradition should change, and how do we determine how people should think about and defend traditions?
He divided communication theories under seven traditions. Littlejohn and Foss (2011) argue that Craig's 'metamodel' gives a coherent framework that helps scholars examine the assumptions that guide their approaches to theory.
The announcement was made by the president and CEO of Traditions Health Care Holding Company LLC, Bryan Wolfe.
At first, this may seem counterintuitive, for it demands that we ask such difficult questions as "Is one religion true?" However, in leaving aside the soteriological question, acknowledging that adherents of other traditions may have authentic spiritual experiences of the ultimate regardless of correct or true belief, discussion of such differences becomes less precarious.
Fie recognizes "the beloved disciple" as "source and validator" of certain traditions (145).
Traditions Performance Firearms has named Doug Reiff of H&G Marketing its 2013 Rep of the Year.
Berkeley, CA, September 03, 2012 --( Unity of Berkeley is hosting a second annual Interfaith Symposium entitled The Unity of All Traditions: Where We Connect and Intersect on Sunday, September 9th at 2215 Prince Street at Fulton Street in Berkeley.
Tradition said "no" to Jesus Christ when he broke with the then-Jewish traditions.
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
FROM NORTH, South, East and West, there are more fiefs and traditions that unite rather than divide people, especially around the meaning of Christmas.
What we understand today as Chinese medicine was also strongly influenced by the three main philosophical and spiritual traditions of China: Daoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism.
Rowland: From an Augustinian point of view, the biggest problem with liberalism is its claim to be theologically neutral or indifferent toward different religious traditions. Quite a long list of scholars are coming to the view that the liberal claim to theological neutrality is bogus.