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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.