old habits die hard

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of old habits die hard

used to say it is hard to stop doing things that one has been doing for a long time
  • I just can't seem to give up smoking. Old habits die hard.

Word by Word Definitions

old play
  1. : dating from the remote past : ancient

  2. : persisting from an earlier time

  3. : of long standing

  1. : one of a specified age

  2. : old or earlier time

habit play habits
  1. : clothing

  2. : a costume characteristic of a calling, rank, or function

  3. : a costume worn for horseback riding

  1. : clothe, dress

die play
  1. : to pass from physical life : expire

  2. : to pass out of existence : cease

  3. : to disappear or subside gradually

  1. : a small cube marked on each face with from one to six spots and used usually in pairs in various games and in gambling by being shaken and thrown to come to rest at random on a flat surface

  2. : dado

  3. : any of various tools or devices for imparting a desired shape, form, or finish to a material or for impressing an object or material: such as

hard play
  1. : not easily penetrated : not easily yielding to pressure

  2. : not capable of being spread : very firm

  3. : having a harsh or acid taste

  1. : with great or utmost effort or energy : strenuously

  2. : in a violent manner : fiercely

  3. : to the full extent


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