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Die hard   /daɪ hɑrd/   Listen
Die hard

verb
1.
Continue to exist.  Synonyms: endure, persist, prevail, run.  "The legend of Elvis endures"






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"Die hard" Quotes from Famous Books



... skeleton; sinking fast, but I'll die hard. Make my will. Bequeath Autographs of TALLEYRAND and JOE MILLER to Madame Tussaud's; everything else to be sold for the foundation of an Asylum for Old Jokes. A knock at the door. Heaven help me!—two Interviewers! "Come in," I said, with the conventional "cheery voice." Anticipated ...
— Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 100, April 11, 1891 • Various

... bigot; zealot, enthusiast, fanatic. V. be obstinate &c. adj.; stickle, take no denial, fly in the face of facts; opinionate, be wedded to an opinion, hug a belief; have one's own way &c. (will) 600; persist &c. (persevere) 604a; have the last word, insist on having the last word. die hard, fight against destiny, not yield an inch, stand out. Adj. obstinate, tenacious, stubborn, obdurate, casehardened; inflexible &c. (hard) 323; balky; immovable, unshakable, not to be moved; inert &c. ...
— Roget's Thesaurus

... plain words the underlying principle of its hateful creed: "A black man has no rights which a white man is bound to respect." That finally finished it. We no longer allow every man to "wallop his own nigger." And though the last relics of it die hard in Queensland, South Africa, Demerara, we have at least the satisfaction of knowing that one Monopolist Instinct out of the group is pretty ...
— Post-Prandial Philosophy • Grant Allen

... ambition die hard, and the new Republic has had to weather many a storm in her career of a third of a century. Carducci in a fine poem has imagined Letizia, mother of the Bonapartes, a wandering shade haunting the desolate house at Ajaccio, recalling the tragic fate of her children, and, ...
— The Story of Paris • Thomas Okey

... truth will wait till morning, but a lie should be killed overnight. Lies breed fast and die hard." ...
— The Justice of the King • Hamilton Drummond

... watched over her as a lover might; her great mournful eyes followed his every motion. She spoke little, partly because of physical weakness, partly from despair. The Senora had got her death-blow. She would die hard. It would take long. Yet she was dying, and ...
— Ramona • Helen Hunt Jackson

... he does occasionally write finer epigrams than ever. His imagination is stronger, his fancy more delicate, and his sense of beauty widened. There are things in this book that really are very excellent indeed; things that, if they die, will die hard. For example, the essay: "In Topsy Turvy Land." It is a book which, in the main, strongly makes for righteousness. Its minor defects are scandalous, in a literary sense; its central defect passes the comprehension; the book is journalism, ...
— Books and Persons - Being Comments on a Past Epoch 1908-1911 • Arnold Bennett

... power of good sense, a kind of assurance so authoritative, that he takes rank with the greatest; and his peers are not many. You may like him or not, may attack him or sing his praises, but you cannot ignore him. He is of those that die hard. Be as fastidious as you will; make up your mind to recognize only those who are, without any manner of doubt, beyond and above all others; however few the names you keep, Rabelais' ...
— Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete. • Francois Rabelais

... laid bare. Then Lichas smites he, ripped erewhile from out his mother dead, And hallowed, Phoebus, unto thee, because his baby head Had 'scaped the steel: nor far from thence he casteth down to die Hard Cisseus, Gyas huge, who there beat down his company With might of clubs; nought then availed that Herculean gear, Nor their stark hands, nor yet their sire Melampus, though he were 320 Alcides' friend so long as he on earth wrought heavy toil. Lo ...
— The AEneids of Virgil - Done into English Verse • Virgil

... bread-winning was not woman's natural province, but only one of the direful penalties of extreme poverty. The working-woman of the South belonged to a totally different class from that in which Mr. and Mrs. Jocelyn had their origin, and prejudices die hard, even among people who are intelligent, and, in most respects, admirable. To Mrs. Jocelyn and her daughters work was infinitely preferable to dependence, but it was nevertheless menial and undignified because of its almost involuntary and hereditary association with a race of bond-servants. ...
— Without a Home • E. P. Roe

... may have it, some bitter day they lie Out-classed, out-gunned, out-numbered, with nought to do but die, When the last gun's out of action, good-bye to ship and crew, But men die hard in small craft, as they ...
— Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 153, Sept. 19, 1917 • Various

... drew nearer he got into the habit of frequently forgetting Swearengen Jones until it was too late to retrace his steps. He was coming to the "death struggle," as he termed it, and there was something rather terrorizing in the fear that "the million might die hard." And so these last days and nights were glorious ones, if one could have looked at them with unbiased, untroubled eyes. But every member of his party was praying for the day when the "Flitter" would be well into the broad Atlantic and the worst over. At Alexandria Brewster ...
— Brewster's Millions • George Barr McCutcheon



Words linked to "Die hard" :   carry over, reverberate, continue, diehard



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