or die·hard



a person who vigorously maintains or defends a seemingly hopeless position, outdated attitude, lost cause, or the like.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
Related formsdie-hard·ism, noun
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Contemporary Examples of die-hard

Historical Examples of die-hard

  • Like the orpine, it was a veritable "live-long," or as the politicians say, "die-hard."

  • I'll direct you the road, and if you're lucky you'll find a Die-Hard about the village.


    John Buchan

  • A celestial Die-hard, sir, paid to join together again those whom man have put asunder.

    Another Sheaf

    John Galsworthy

  • The obedient Die-Hard disappeared, and Dickson painfully and laboriously set himself to climb the slope.


    John Buchan

  • All eyes turned to the old "Die-Hard" Battalion which had now proved its mettle on land and sea.

British Dictionary definitions for die-hard



a person who resists change or who holds onto an untenable position or outdated attitude
(modifier) obstinately resistant to change
Derived Formsdie-hardism, noun
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