be set in (one's) ways

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be set in (one's) ways

To be inflexible or unwilling to change. Grandma will never retire—she's been a teacher for 50 years and is totally set in her ways. You'll never convince him to change, he's too set in his ways now.
See also: set, way

set in one's ways, be

Be inflexible, fixed in one's habits, as in She's too set in her ways to go out and buy a dog. This idiom uses set in the sense of "in a rigid position," a usage dating from about 1300.
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be ˌset in your ˈways

be unable or unwilling to change your behaviour, habits or ideas, usually because you are old: He’s too set in his ways now to think about a career change.
See also: set, way