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die-hard

or diehard

[dahy-hahrd] /ˈdaɪˌhɑrd/
noun
1.
a person who vigorously maintains or defends a seemingly hopeless position, outdated attitude, lost cause, or the like.
adjective
2.
resisting vigorously and stubbornly to the last; stubborn.
Origin of die-hard
1835-1845
1835-45; noun, adj. use of verb phrase die hard
Related forms
die-hardism, noun
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  • 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.

    Huntingtower John Buchan
  • All eyes turned to the old "die-hard" Battalion which had now proved its mettle on land and sea.

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

    Huntingtower John Buchan
  • A celestial die-hard, sir, paid to join together again those whom man have put asunder.

    Another Sheaf John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for die-hard

die-hard

noun
1.
a person who resists change or who holds onto an untenable position or outdated attitude
2.
(modifier) obstinately resistant to change
Derived Forms
die-hardism, noun
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