diehard also die-hard, 1844 (n.), in reference to the 57th Regiment of Foot in the British Army; as an adjective, attested from 1871; from DIE (Cf. die) (v.) + HARD (Cf. hard). As a brand name of an automobile battery, DieHard, introduced by Sears in 1967.

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  • diehard — die hard (d[imac] h[aum]rd ), a. stubbornly and vigorously resisting in the face of seemingly hopeless odds; as, diehard opposition. Syn: never say die. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • DieHard — is a premium brand of automotive battery marketed by Sears Holdings Corporation.The brand dates to the 1960s. In its earliest years, the brand was guaranteed to last forever , that is, as long as the original owner still owned the car in which it …   Wikipedia

  • diehard — die hard (d[imac] h[aum]rd ), n. 1. one who stubbornly adheres to traditional and outdated views. Syn: traditionalist. [WordNet 1.5] 2. one who vigorously defends an apparently hopeless position, a lost cause, etc. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • diehard — index malcontent Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • diehard — [n] overenthusiastic person bitter ender*, Bourbon*, dyed in the wool*, extremist, fanatic, fogy, fundamentalist, intransigent, mossback*, old liner*, praetorian, pullback*, reactionary, right, rightist, right winger, standpat, standpatter, stick …   New thesaurus

  • diehard — ► NOUN ▪ a person who supports something uncompromisingly …   English terms dictionary

  • diehard — I UK [ˈdaɪˌhɑː(r)d] / US [ˈdaɪˌhɑrd] noun [countable] Word forms diehard : singular diehard plural diehards someone who refuses to accept change or new ideas II UK [ˈdaɪˌhɑː(r)d] / US [ˈdaɪˌhɑrd] adjective [only before noun] loyal to particular… …   English dictionary

  • diehard — die|hard [ˈdaıha:d US ha:rd] n someone who opposes change and refuses to accept new ideas >diehard adj ▪ a few diehard fans →old habits die hard at ↑die1 (9) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • diehard — die|hard1 [ daı,hard ] noun count someone who refuses to accept change or new ideas diehard die|hard 2 [ daı,hard ] adjective only before noun loyal to particular ideas or beliefs and refusing to change: He ll only get the votes of diehard… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • diehard — [[t]da͟ɪhɑː(r)d[/t]] diehards also die hard N COUNT: oft N n A diehard is someone who is very strongly opposed to change and new ideas, or who is a very strong supporter of a person or idea. The president hopes the diehards will resign over the… …   English dictionary

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