Xinjiang also has the country's largest coal reserves, an estimated 40 percent of the national total, and the largest natural gas reserves. Those three components form an energy hat trick that China is capitalizing on to power its cities and industries.
Around the corner Tower Records blasted music outside from "Bad," Jackson's seventh album, and had also set up three displays devoted to the his music inside. Fans started trickling in when Tower opened at 10 a.m.; a die-hard fan dressed like Jackson in his "Billie Jean" video even entered the store and flipped through the albums.
Karen Armstrong, a religious historian who has written several popular books including one on the Buddha, says there are odd parallels between his story and Dr. Taylor’s.
“Like this lady, he was reluctant to return to this world,” she said. “He wanted to luxuriate in the sense of enlightenment.”
But, she said, “the dynamic of the religious required that he go out into the world and share his sense of compassion.”
diehard, die-hard , luxuriate in sth
German Fan Plans World's First Rolling Stones Museum
A diehard Rolling Stones in Germany fan is planning to create a museum in
his home town, which will showcase a vast collection of memorabilia from
the fathers of rock and roll. It'll be a worldwide first, he says.
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Mr. Libby's supporters, by contrast, cheered the president's move. "We're getting the champagne," said Victoria Toensing, a Washington lawyer who became a vocal critic of the investigation. Echoing some diehard conservatives, she added that she wished the president had given Mr. Libby a full pardon, explaining that critics will "give him the full-frontal assault anyway."
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diehard, die-hard Show phonetics
noun [C] DISAPPROVING
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
See also die hard at die (STOP LIVING).
A person who holds stubbornly to a minority view, in defiance of the circumstances.
The title of the 1988 film Die Hard was chosen to signify both the 'hardness' 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. This meaning of the term was recorded in 1703, in Psychologia: or, an Account of the Nature of the Rational Soul. The text argues the pros and cons of a condemned man's approach to death:
Against this Reason he [William Coward] urges the case of those that die hard, as they call it, at Tyburn who will therefore, according to him, out-brave the Terrors of the Lord.Tyburn, near what is now Marble Arch, in London, was the principal location for public hangings in England until 1785. The 'drop' method of hanging wasn't then in use and the process was sometimes a prolonged affair. There are records showing that some of those who were about to be hanged opted to take the opposite course to the 'die hards' and paid people to hang onto their legs so that they died quickly. There's no evidence however for the commonly repeated notion that this is the derivation of the phrase 'pulling one's leg'.
The wider use of the term came into being in the following century. At the Battle of Albuhera in the Peninsula War in 1811, William Inglis, the commander of the British 57th Regiment of Foot, ordered all ranks "Die hard the 57th, die hard!", i.e. to fight until the last. The regiment later became known as the Die-hards.
In the early 20th century, 'die-hard' was more usually used to describe a member of the political faction who were prepared to 'die in the last ditch' in their resistance to the Home Rule Bill of 1912. In 1922, the meaning took a step away from actual deaths, toward our present-day figurative meaning, when the members of the Conservative Party who followed the leadership of the Marquess of Salisbury named themselves 'The Die-hards'.
Like 'zigzag', 'meanwhile', and countless other terms which are coined as two words, later to become hyphenated and later still to merge into a single word, the 'diehard' spelling will probably come to be preferred before long.
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luxuriate in sth phrasal verb FORMAL
to get great pleasure from something, especially because it provides physical comfort:
There's nothing better after a hard day's work than to luxuriate in a hot bath.
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.
See also diehard.
Leaders Commit to EU's Future by Signing the Lisbon Treaty
After a long and painstaking road, the EU has a new roadmap into the
future. But while the Lisbon Treaty hints at a future of cooperation, one
absent leader reminded all that old habits die hard.
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