old habits die hard

1758 B. FRANKLIN in London Chronicle 26–28 Dec. 632 I hear the reader say, Habits are hard to break, and those..accustomed to idleness or extravagance do not easily change their manners.

1792 J. BELKNAP Foresters ix. Old habits are not easily broken, and..they endeavoured..to transfer the blame from him to his wife.

1944 ‘H. TALBOT’ Rim of Pit xv. ‘Miss Daventry..started to run. Naturally I ran after her.’ Rogan smiled. ‘Old habits die hard.’

2002 Washington Times 6 Mar. A2 Lately, we’ve heard high French officials denounce our nation’s anti-terrorism policies as ‘simplistic’ and seen a French Olympic skating judge given the heave for apparently conspiring to aid the Russians (old habits die hard).

2007 Times 13 Sept. 18 Things may have changed, but old habits die hard and Portugal’s historic habits more than justify suspicions about its police force’s methods, motives and obsessional secrecy.


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  • old habits die hard — spoken used for saying that it is difficult to change a way of behaving that someone has had for many years …   English dictionary

  • old traditions die hard — old ˌhabits, ˌtraditions, etc. die ˈhard idiom used to say that things change very slowly Main entry: ↑dieidiom …   Useful english dictionary

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  • die hard — n. one strongly opposed to change, one who resists to the very end v. cease slowly after a struggle (e.g., I have a hard time to quit smoking. You know, old habits die hard ); persist, continue to exist (e.g., the legend of Elvis die hard ) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • die hard — if a habit, custom, or belief, dies hard, it takes a long time to change or end it. After a successful 30 year career, he no longer has any need to work but old habits die hard. (usually in present tenses) These ancient traditions die hard in the …   New idioms dictionary

  • die hard — change very slowly: old habits die hard. → die …   English new terms dictionary

  • die — [[t]da͟ɪ[/t]] ♦ dies, dying, died 1) VERB: no passive When people, animals, and plants die, they stop living. A year later my dog died... [V of/from n] Sadly, both he and my mother died of cancer... [ …   English dictionary

  • old — see old habits die hard you cannot put an old head on young shoulders old sins cast long shadows old soldiers never die better be an old man’s darling, than a young man’s slave you cannot catch old birds with chaff …   Proverbs new dictionary

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