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not budge an inch

To be unable or unwilling move, change, or shift in any way at all. My brother doesn't budge an inch once he gets an idea in his head, so don't bother trying to reason with him. I can't believe how tight this bolt is on here—it won't budge an inch!
See also: budge, inch, not

won't budge an inch

Will not move, change, or shift in any way at all. Once my brother gets his mind made up, he won't budge an inch, so don't bother trying to reason with him. I can't believe how tight this bolt is on here—it won't budge an inch!
See also: budge, inch
References in classic literature ?
The trapper kicked and cudgelled, but to every blow and kick the mule snorted and kicked up, but still refused to budge an inch.
But he, holding firmly on to the platform, did not budge an inch, and let the storm pass on, which would soon have assumed formidable proportions, if Michel Ardan had not quieted it by a gesture.
Who's that been dropping an anchor overboard --we don't budge an inch --we're becalmed.
Nay, if thou dost budge an inch I will rattle this staff about thine ears.
I did not budge an inch and passed him on a perfectly equal footing
But if you plod along, for half an hour, over this soft, easy carpet - giving way at every step, yielding the more the harder you press, - you'll find it rather wearisome work, and be glad enough to come to a bit of good, firm rock, that won't budge an inch whether you stand, walk, or stamp upon it; and, though it be hard as the nether millstone, you'll find it the easier footing after all.
According to Kashmir Media Service, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said, "We are not afraid of threats, nor will we budge an inch from our stance on Kashmir dispute".
Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said, 'We are not afraid of threats, nor will we budge an inch from our stance on Kashmir dispute'.
The protestors presented a five-point charter of demands and vowed that they would not budge an inch till the concerned authorities took tangible steps for resolution of their problems.
This is what we are and we cannot and will not budge an inch from our characteristic and will also fiercely guard our independent place in the community of Nations.
Shakespeare crystallised thoughts into unforgettable sayings such as what's done is done, what the dickens is his name, budge an inch, fill'd with the milk of human kindness, along with numerous others'.
On his row with Aoun over the officers' decree, Berri was quoted as saying: "In politics, we are still holding on to our position and we will not budge an inch from our constitutional and legal approach toward all issues.
He also reiterated the demand for resignation of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, saying they would not budge an inch from this demand come what may.
Capitol then explodes and a message flashes up saying: "If US imperialists budge an inch toward us, we will immediately hit them with nuclear [weapons]," (http://www.
We entered every house and in two cases had to pull the ladies out of their beds, but we finally turned them all out with the exception of one very old lady who was over eighty years of age, and she absolutely refused to budge an inch, and we didn't want to use force on an old lady that age, so we gave her best.