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In 1811 slang what does it mean to Die Hard? Hint, no gunfire is involved.

The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue says: DIE HARD, or GAME. To die hard, is to shew no signs of fear or contrition at the gallows; not to whiddle or squeak. This advice is frequently given to felons going to suffer theĀ  law, by their old comrades, anxious for the honour of theĀ  gang. [...]