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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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It's almost 20 years since the first Die Hard instalment hit cinema screens and this time big John McClane is battling a very 21st Century foe, internet-based terrorists bent on crippling the USA with computer-generated attacks.
This film is likely to do big business, meaning Die Hard 5 is probably two years away from arrival and McLane will have to pop a lot more Sanatogen to make it through, but he remains the only man who can.
Directed by Len Wiseman and also starring newcomer Justin Long, the movie looks like being another surefire hit in the phenomenally successful Die Hard franchise, which has seen the previous three films gross more than one billion dollars around the world.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a deal is being drawn up between 20th Century Fox and Willis and his partner Arnold Rifkin's production company, Cheyenne Enterprises, for Die Hard 4.
LOS ANGELES -- Twentieth Century Fox marked the silver anniversary of its blockbuster DIE HARD movie franchise with a ceremony on the historic studio backlot, during which a massive mural depicting the film's iconic hero John McClane was unveiled in front of Stage 8.
The Die Hard star was roundly criticised following a slot on the BBC's One Show promoting his new film.
The film star admitted Jonny's pose and tensed-up muscles bore a resemblance to him and invited him to get in touch for talk about appearing on Die Hard Six.
Summary: Bruce Willis has unveiled a giant mural of his character John McClane at the Fox studios to celebrate 25 years of the Die Hard franchise.
DIE Hard legend Bruce Willis said not every man can be an action hero.
n n n In total contrast, the original Die Hard movie is one of the most-repeated movies in TV history, so there will be plenty of takers for this nice and early premiere of Die Hard 4.
The original cinematic hardman is back in another Die Hard movie.