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 Die.Diego (San). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Die-hards.
 
The 57th Foot. Their colonel (Inglis) in the battle of Albuera (1811), addressing his men, said, “Die hard, my lads; die hard!” And they did die hard, for their banner was pierced with thirty bullets. Only one officer out of twenty-four survived, and only 168 men out of 584. This fine regiment is now called the West Middlesex; the East Middlesex (the Duke of Cambridge’s own) is the old 77th.   1
 


 Die.Diego (San). 

 
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