stubborn as a mule

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*stubborn as a mule

 and *obstinate as a mule
Cliché very stubborn. (*Also: as ~.) I tried to convince Jake to go to the doctor, but he's as stubborn as a mule. For four years, Henry pestered his parents to let him learn the trumpet. They tried to talk him into some other, quieter instrument, but he was stubborn as a mule, and now he has a trumpet.
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stubborn as a mule

Extremely obstinate, as in He's stubborn as a mule about wearing a suit and tie. This simile evokes the proverbial stubbornness of mules, whose use as draft animals was once so common that the reputation for obstinacy can hardly be as warranted as the term indicates. [Early 1800s]
See also: mule, stubborn

stubborn as a mule

If someone is as stubborn as a mule, they are determined to do what they want and very unwilling to change their mind. For all his pleasant manner, the Texan was stubborn as a mule, and he didn't like being pushed. Old Greg is also stubborn as a mule. He won't say anything — he'll just carry on doing what he planned. Note: This expression is usually used to show disapproval.
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Speak of the Devil / The Obstinate Murderer" is the perfect introduction of Elisabeth Sanxay Holding to a whole new generation of appreciative fans of the genre and would prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library collections.
Our people and this country have been reduced to the laughing stock at the international level by individuals obstinate to change.
He discusses marking time with Derrida, time returning with Maurice Blanchot, the obstinate time of testimony in Louis-Rene des Forets, still time with Samuel Beckett, making time for each other with Pierre Klossowski, Roger Laporte's fugal time, and saving time as an invaluable offering.
The reason, as it is with most problems in the country, is an obstinate bureaucracy and an untrustworthy police force.
SDSM confirmed they received a letter from Fule as vice chairman Zoran Jovanovski briefly commented that all activities of SDSM were fair and constructive yet the government was obstinate and unwilling to help find a solution.
While the seven-year trophy deprivation has sent groundswells of disgruntlement bulging round the Emirates, Wenger was obstinate the notion that he might be resting on past laurels was absolutely incorrect.
ISLAMABAD -- The Federal Government has decided to take strict action against publication of blasphemed, obstinate materials and movies on social web sites.
Those who know you personally, know you for what you are: determined, disciplined, resilient, clear-sighted, bloody-minded, funny, thoughtful, kind, pragmatic, decent, honest, obstinate, perverse" - Broadcaster and former MP Gyles Brandreth on the Duke of Edinburgh.
He is often abrasive, uncompromising and even obstinate in his view but he has my respect in that he has been an unstinting servant for, not only Bartley Green, but also our city.
But in any case, an expensive and necessary operation cannot suffer because we decided to be obstinate on the field.
AYOUR sister knows you can't force anyone to breastfeed but you're also being obstinate dismissing it out of hand, especially if you want to lose weight.
wondering , why some parties demande the expulsion of Iranian ambassador due to vague speculation but obstinate to demande expulsion of Kuwait or Turkey Ambassador, he said.
The attendants expressed their support for President initiatives calling for a national dialogue andrejected the obstinate positions of the opposition parties which
We have tried all venues to get in touch with Omar, but he remains obstinate.
How often have we suffered the frustration of taking a carving knife or hand saw to obstinate and excessively packaged goods?