won't budge an inch

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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 ?
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.
We've all seen players lead with the forearm in 50-50 challenges, and in tight games you need warriors who are prepared to get stuck in when stubborn opponents won't budge an inch in midfield.
The source added: "They won't budge an inch on when they go out because they want to pull in the most cash they can for advertising.
While the chance to take a sled out yourself would be great fun, unless you speak fluent french, the rascally huskies can smell you coming amile off and won't budge an inch unless you ask them very, very nicely.
He said: "Prices in Rugby are ludicrous but the petrol stations won't budge an inch.
The Harrods tycoon thinks Wilkins is being too greedy and won't budge an inch.
Congress has made it clear that it won't budge an inch to change the drug laws, and the public has raised no mass outcry for less spending on prisons and more on treatment programs.
He said: "They won't budge an inch on when they go out because they want to pull in the most cash they can for advertising.