dig (one's) heels in

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dig (one's) heels in

To cling stubbornly to one's beliefs, position, or wishes. Please let me tell my side of the story before you dig your heels in on this, OK? I told Grace she can't go, and now she's dug her heels in as if this party is the most important thing in her life.
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dig one's heels in

Fig. to refuse to alter one's course of action or opinions; to be obstinate or determined. The student dug her heels in and refused to obey the instructions. I'm digging in my heels. I'm not going back.
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ˌdig your ˈheels in

(informal) refuse to do something or to change your views: A number of councils have dug their heels in over the government’s request to reduce spending. OPPOSITE: give way (to somebody/something)
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"The truth is nobody can give a categorical assurance of which way the case will go but if Saints dig their heels in as this has never happened before.
The London Development Agency (LDA), which takes ownership of the 312 hectares of land in Stratford, east London, on July 2, is preparing for "one or two" people to dig their heels in, in protest at the Games, a spokesman said.
Celtic are set to dig their heels in after ex-director of football Kenny Dalglish announced he was to sue his former employers.
We have little doubt that both sides will dig their heels in and refuse to compromise.