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wild horses couldn't drag (one) away (from something)

One is determined or committed to keep doing something or remaining somewhere. After spending so much money on the tickets to his concert, wild horses could drag me away! Wild horses couldn't drag Jim away from his work. He just gets too invested in it.
See also: away, drag, horse, wild

Wild horses couldn't drag someone away (from something.)

Prov. Someone is determined to remain with something. Once Elaine starts playing a video game, wild horses can't drag her away from it. Jim was determined to remain fishing at the lake. Wild horses couldn't drag him away from it.
See also: away, drag, horse, wild

wild horses

If you say that wild horses would not make you do something, you mean that nothing would make you do it. Wild horses wouldn't drag this secret out of me. Wild horses wouldn't make Nicola sell the house.
See also: horse, wild
References in classic literature ?
A sketch in gray and red dissolved into a moblike body of men who galloped like wild horses.
How would wild horses drag a secret from a person anyhow?
Wild horses would not drag from me the name of a certain river in the north whose narrow estuary is inhospitable and dangerous, and whose docks are like a nightmare of dreariness and misery.
I am not given to needless worrying, but the more I tried to convince myself that all was well with Powell, and that the dots I had seen on his trail were antelope or wild horses, the less I was able to assure myself.
He was the elected Xerxes of vast herds of wild horses, whose pastures in those days were only fenced by the Rocky Mountains and the Alleghanies.
You might drag him at the heels of four wild horses first.
You know as well as I do that your cousin Maldon would be dragged at the heels of any number of wild horses - why should I confine myself to four
I'll do anything you ask me; ride wild horses and take freezing baths and eat bad-tasting messes, and let my clothes hang on me, to show how much I thank you for this dear, sweet, lovely room
She had been pinning and unpinning, arranging and disarranging her veil ever since she entered the room, in the hope that the girls would ask her whose ring she was wearing this week; but although both had noticed the new ornament instantly, wild horses could not have drawn the question from them; her desire to be asked was too obvious.
I'll never tell him to my dying day, wild horses shan't drag it out of me, so you'll forgive me, Meg, and I'll do anything to show how out-and-out sorry I am," he added, looking very much ashamed of himself.
Herr Liesecke, too, looked as if wild horses could not make him inattentive; there were lines across his forehead, his lips were parted, his pince-nez at right angles to his nose, and he had laid a thick, white hand on either knee.
I will be drawn by wild horses before I consent to part with her.
And on my inner vision flashed the memories of my dreams,--the midday sun shining on tall grass, the wild bull grazing quietly, the sudden parting of the grass before the swift rush of the tawny one, his leap to the bull's back, the crashing and the bellowing, and the crunch crunch of bones; or again, the cool quiet of the water-hole, the wild horse up to his knees and drinking softly, and then the tawny one--always the tawny one
He was carried over the difficult places in spite of himself; and he went plunging away in mad career--a very Mazeppa-ride upon the wild horse Speculation.
The Commission unanimously approved the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund application, noting the wild horses benefiting the application approval are Nevada State horses that fall under the management of the Nevada Department of Agriculture.