- a person who vigorously maintains or defends a seemingly hopeless position, outdated attitude, lost cause, or the like.
- resisting vigorously and stubbornly to the last; stubborn.
Origin of die-hard
First recorded in 1835–45; noun, adj. use of verb phrase die hard
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I'll direct you the road, and if you're lucky you'll find a Die-Hard about the village.
A celestial Die-hard, sir, paid to join together again those whom man have put asunder.Another Sheaf
The obedient Die-Hard disappeared, and Dickson painfully and laboriously set himself to climb the slope.
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- a person who resists change or who holds onto an untenable position or outdated attitude
- (modifier) obstinately resistant to change
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