refuse to do

refuse to (do something)

To indicate or express that one is unwilling or determined not to do something. He refused to sign the contract because he would have to relinquish creative control of the project. I tried to call to apologize to her, but she's refusing to answer her phone.
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refuse to do something

to reject doing something; to reject a request to do something. I absolutely refuse to go there! We all refused to break the law.
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Following is a list of 25 things successful people refuse to do.
If they refuse to do anything, the member religious should cancel their membership.
Our tax dollars should be spent here, but I refuse to do it.
Other readers felt the center should refuse to do the test.
In a ``free and open market,'' workers can't refuse to do their jobs, as the Teamsters have done, and expect to remain employed at day's end.
would refuse to do its job and rule on constitutional law that has been interpreted two different ways by two lower courts.