Phrase meanings

Posted by ESC on October 06, 2004

In Reply to: Phrase meanings posted by Raine on October 06, 2004

: Hi!

: Just wondered if anyone could tell me what the phrase 'old habits die hard' means?

If you've been doing something for a long time, it is difficult to stop. Another way of saying it: old habits are hard to break.

If a person has been smoking for 20 years, it is more difficult for him to quit than it is for someone who has just taken up the habit.