refuse to

refuse something to someone

to deny someone permission to receive or use something. You wouldn't refuse water to me, would you? Nothing at all was refused to the new employee.
See also: refuse
References in classic literature ?
Perhaps she refused to have him sent for because she knew he would refuse to come.
Why do you, who heal others, refuse to help my son?
I refuse to accept this extraordinary mission," Pailleton declared, rising to his feet.
I refuse to leave this spot," answered the Cricket, "until I have told you a great truth.
Woe to boys who refuse to obey their parents and run away from home
Often he would positively refuse to learn, or to repeat his lessons, or even to look at his book.
Frequently I threatened that, if he did not do better, he should have another line: then he would stubbornly refuse to write this line; and I, to save my word, had finally to resort to the expedient of holding his fingers upon the pen, and forcibly drawing his hand up and down, till, in spite of his resistance, the line was in some sort completed.
Often she would stubbornly refuse to pronounce some particular word in her lesson; and now I regret the lost labour I have had in striving to conquer her obstinacy.
In MY childhood I could not imagine a more afflictive punishment than for my mother to refuse to kiss me at night: the very idea was terrible.
If you refuse to marry me," he said, "you admit that these reports are true--you admit that you are afraid to face society in the character of my wife.
Yes, he replied, and then Socrates will do as he always does-- refuse to answer himself, but take and pull to pieces the answer of some one else.
Tabitha Twitchit immediately raised the price of everything a half-penny; and she continued to refuse to give credit.
But the consequence is, that the whole profession in Middlemarch have set themselves tooth and nail against the Hospital, and not only refuse to cooperate themselves, but try to blacken the whole affair and hinder subscriptions.
Lead author Dr Tyler Okimoto, of the University of Queensland Business School, wanted to find out why people often refuse to say sorry despite apologies being seen as a "cheap" way to reduce blame and punishment.
He said: "The PFA's opinion, based on all the evidence presented, is Tevez did not refuse to play.