What does "die hard" phrase mean? Is it hard to kill? I have always been curious about its meaning. This movie title has been translated as 'Deadly Trap' in Czechia.
"Die hard" as a verb or "diehard" a noun have the following idiomatic meanings and usages:
If a belief or way of behaving dies hard, it takes a long time to disappear, and is not given up easily:
- Old habits die hard.
- someone who is unwilling to change or give up their ideas or ways of behaving, even when there are good reasons to do so:
- a diehard conservative/fan
The title of the famous movie refers both to the "toughness" of the main character and to the fact that he was "hard to kill"; from The Phrase Finder:
- The title of the 1988 film Die Hard was chosen to signify both the 'hardness', that is, toughness, of the lead character and the difficulty that he and the bad guys had in killing each other. In choosing not to hyphenate 'die-hard', which is the currently accepted spelling, they reverted to the original meaning of the term - to 'die hard' was to die reluctantly, resisting to the end.