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die hard

To be difficult to stop or end. This phrase is usually used in the present tense. Old habits die hard, so I'm not surprised that you've struggled to stop smoking.
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die hard

Take a long time to cease to exist or be dropped from consideration. For example, Old prejudices die hard, or The more radical parts of this proposal will die hard. This idiom alludes to struggling against physical death. [Late 1700s]
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die hard

disappear or change very slowly.
This expression seems to have been used first of criminals who died resisting to the last on the Tyburn gallows in London. At the battle of Albuera in 1811 , during the Peninsular War, William Inglis , commander of the British 57th Regiment of Foot, exhorted his men to ‘die hard’; they acted with such heroism that the regiment earned the nickname Die-hards. The name was attached later in the century to various groupings in British politics who were determinedly opposed to change. The word diehard is still often used of someone who is stubbornly conservative or reactionary.
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But you could rewrite Home Alone - the children's version of Die Hard - to take place at another time of year, and nobody ever suggests that is not a Christmas film.
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LOS ANGELES -- POSSIBLE, a WPP Digital company, and Fox Digital Entertainment announced today the debut of DIE HARD, a new mobile game for the iOS and Android platforms, including Amazon's Kindle.
Top 10: 1 It's A Wonderful Life (1946) 2 Home Alone (1990) 3 The Snowman (1982) 4 Miracle on 34th Street (1994) 5 White Christmas (1954) 6 Elf (2003) 7 Love, Actually (2003) 8 Die Hard (1988) 9 The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) 10 The Polar Express (2004)
BRUCE Willis is back as riproaring action hero John McClane in the fifth Die Hard title.
The geographical route is the same one taken by action rival Arnold Schwarzenegger in Walter Hill's film Red Heat - which was released four weeks before Die Hard back in 1988.
Alas this outlandish fifth instalment of the Die Hard franchise isn't a patch on John McClane's thrilling early outings.
Some film fans might greet the fifth outing of Die Hard with disdain, claiming it will be a tired rehashing of the same old blast-em-up movie blueprint.
Bruce will next be seen in the fifth Die Hard movie, A Good Day to Die Hard, which will hit theatres on Valentine's Day.
On the sofa to plug the latest (and fifth) film in the inexorable Die Hard franchise, the best Bruce seemed to be able to do was reassure his fans there'd be plenty of loud noises and flashing lights to sufficiently distract from the clanging hollowness of the script.
Summary: Bruce Willis defends Die Hard films in Berlin.