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Some diehard trekkies even customise their bikes.(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now here is a tough sounding word which most of you are familiar with, but what exactly does it mean? Well, according to most dictionaries the word is both a noun and an adjective meaning: Stubbornly resisting change or clinging to a seemingly hopeless or outdated cause, or a person who does this. Diehard originates from the idiom ‘to die hard’ in the sense of not being easy to kill or change; for example ‘old habits die hard’. It is frequently also used to refer to enthusiasts, hobbyists, sportsmen or followers of beliefs or religions who continue practising and/or believing under the most difficult circumstances.

Diehard fans of Star Trek are called Trekkies and often, at gatherings, dress up as their favourite character.
Only diehard nature photographers are able to wait for days for that perfect shot.

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Live Free or Die Hard 4 (Photo credit: Buou)

Another possible meaning has nothing to do with dying at all, but from a production process called die casting. The die in this case is a hard metal mould used to shape another softer material, either hot or cold. In this case ‘as hard as a die’ could mean tough or unfeeling or physically hard.

The film franchise Die Hard is just an adaptation of the word – but clearly carries the meaning that someone is not going to be removed easily.