or die·hard

[ dahy-hahrd ]
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  1. a person who vigorously maintains or defends a seemingly hopeless position, outdated attitude, lost cause, or the like.

  1. 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

Other words from die-hard

  • die-hardism, noun

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How to use die-hard in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for die-hard


  1. a person who resists change or who holds onto an untenable position or outdated attitude

  2. (modifier) obstinately resistant to change

Derived forms of die-hard

  • die-hardism, noun

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Other Idioms and Phrases with 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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