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bad habits die hard
Bad habits or unhealthy lifestyle choices that people have become very accustomed to are especially difficult to change or give up. Likely an adaptation of the more common "old habits die hard." I've read all the literature, I know all the health warnings, and I'm aware of how much I spend each day on cigarettes, but still I can't resist the urge to buy another pack. Bad habits die hard. Even as a grown adult, he still bites his nails when he's not paying attention. I guess bad habits really do die hard.
break (one's) habit
To stop doing a routine action or activity. I struggled to break my habit of biting my nails, but getting regular manicures helped.
break a/the habit
To stop doing a routine action or activity. I struggled to break the habit of biting my nails, but getting regular manicures helped.
by force of habit
Because one does or has done something habitually. Used to describe an unconscious mistake that results from following one's routine rather than choosing the correct action for the circumstances. After living next door to Anna for 50 years, I call our new neighbor "Anna" by force of habit.
creature of habit
One who prefers the comfort and reliability of routine and habitual behavior. My brother is far too much a creature of habit to be up for something like backpacking across Europe. I know we're told to shuck our routines and live spontaneously, but I'm a creature of habit—it's just easier when you know exactly how each day will pan out.
force of habit
An impulse to do something because one does or has done it habitually. Used to describe an unconscious mistake that results from following one's routine rather than choosing the correct action for the circumstances. After living next door to Anna for 50 years, I call our new neighbor "Anna" by force of habit. A: "Why did you just turn left? We're going to the bank." B: "Force of habit. That's the way I take to work."
kick the (something)
slang To overcome an addiction to something. It took gum, patches, and even hypnosis, but I've finally kicked the habit. Unfortunately, the physical nature of heroin addiction means that kicking the habit isn't as simple as just wanting to stop. After saying such horrible things to my parents, I decided it was finally time to kick the booze for good.
See also: kick
kick the habit
slang To overcome an addiction, typically to drugs. It took gum, patches, and counseling, but I've finally kicked the habit—no more cigarettes. Unfortunately, the nature of addiction means that kicking the habit isn't as simple as just wanting to stop.
kick the/(one's) habit
To give up something to which one is addicted, especially drugs. Different people have different methods of kicking the habit. For me, the only way I could quit smoking was by going cold turkey. You're going to need a lot of support from family and friends if you're going to kick your habit. Withdrawal is no joke. I've really been trying to kick my habit of compulsive shopping lately, but it's a lot harder than I thought it would be.
knock the/(one's) habit
To give up something to which one is addicted, especially drugs. Different people have different methods of knocking the habit. For me, the only way I could quit smoking was by going cold turkey. You're going to need a lot of support from family and friends if you're going to knock your habit. Withdrawal is no joke. I've really been trying to kick my habit of compulsive shopping lately, but it's a lot harder than I thought it would be.
make a habit of (doing something)
To follow a routine in which one does something habitually. I've made a habit of doing 50 pushups every morning when I get out of bed. If you make a habit of investing some of your spare income, you'll be pleasantly surprised how much can build up.
mickey mouse habit
old-fashioned Any low-level addiction that is not considered very serious or dangerous. Sir, our clinic is focused on treating severe cases of addiction—we don't accept patients with mickey mouse habits. I just smoke a little dope in the evenings to help me relax—just a little mickey mouse habit, that's all.
An addiction to or habitual use of narcotics that one snorts up one's nostrils, most commonly cocaine. She developed an expensive nose habit working on Wall Street. I had a bit of a nose habit during college, but I gave all that up after I graduated.
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.
shake a/the habit
1. slang To overcome an addiction, typically to drugs. It took gum, patches, and counseling, but I've finally shaken the habit—no more cigarettes. Unfortunately, the nature of addiction means that shaking the habit isn't as simple as just wanting to stop.
2. To stop any kind of habitual behavior. I had a hard time shaking the habit of snoozing my alarm every morning.
Why break the habit of a lifetime?
A rhetorical question expressing doubt that someone will change their bad habit. Typically said after that person has announced their intention to stop such a habit. A: "That's it. That's my last cigarette." B: "Why break the habit of a lifetime?"
break a habitand break the habit; break one's habit
to end a habit. I was not able to break the habit of snoring. It's hard to break a habit that you have had for a long time.
by force of habit
owing to a tendency to do something that has become a habit. After I retired, I kept getting up and getting dressed each morning by force of habit.
kick a habitand kick the habit; shake the habit; shake a habit
to break a habit. It's hard to kick a habit, but it can be done. I stopped biting my nails. I used to drink coffee every morning, but I kicked the habit.
knock the habit
to stop using drugs; to break a drug addiction. I just can't knock the habit. He tried to knock the habit by drinking lots of booze.
make a habit of something
to do something so often that it becomes a habit. You mustn't make a habit of interrupting. I make a habit of counting my change.
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.
kick a habit
Also, kick it; kick the habit. Overcome or give up habitual use, especially of narcotics. For example, Smoking is addictive; it's not easy to kick, or If he doesn't kick the habit, he may not make it through school. This idiom uses kick in the sense of "get rid of." [First half of 1900s]
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.
creature of habita person who follows an unvarying routine.
kick the habitstop engaging in a habitual practice. informal
1992 Economist Perhaps it is time for ex-French West Africa to choose its own forms of government…and kick the habit of turning to France whenever trouble starts.
a creature of ˈhabita person who always does certain things at certain times: My grandfather is a real creature of habit — he likes his meals at the same time every day.
old ˌhabits, traˌditions, etc. die ˈhardused 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
force of ˈhabita tendency always to do things in a certain way because you have always done them in that way: I don’t know why I check all the locks every time I leave the house. It’s force of habit, I suppose.
make a ˈhabit/ˈpractice of somethingdo something regularly: I don’t usually make a practice of staying up so late, but there was a programme on TV I wanted to watch.
kick the ˈhabit, ˈdrug, ˈbooze, etc.stop doing something harmful that you have done for a long time: According to research, only one smoker in a hundred is able to kick the habit without some kind of help.
See also: kick
n. an addiction to a drug. There are many treatment programs to help with drug habits.
kick the habit
tv. to voluntarily end any habit or custom, especially a drug habit. (see also knock the habit.) She tried and tried to kick the habit.
knock the habit
tv. to stop using drugs; to break a drug addiction. (see also kick the habit.) I just can’t knock the habit.
mickey mouse habit
n. a trivial drug habit. (Drugs.) Nothing to it. Just a little mickey mouse habit. I can stop any time I want.
n. an addiction to sniffed drugs, usually heroin or cocaine. (Drugs.) One sniff of that white powder and she’ll get a nose habit, for sure.
kick the habitSlang
To free oneself of an addiction, as to narcotics or cigarettes.