dig in (one's) heels

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dig in (one's) heels

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

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dig your heels in

COMMON If you dig in your heels or dig your heels in, you refuse to do something such as change your opinions or plans. It was really the British who, by digging in their heels, prevented any last-minute deal. I begged her to come home but she dug her heels in.
See also: dig, heel
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

dig in your heels

resist stubbornly; refuse to give in.
The image here is of a horse or other animal obstinately refusing to be led or ridden forwards. Dig in your heels is the commonest form, but dig in your toes and dig in your feet are also found.
See also: dig, heel
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

dig in (one's) heels

To resist opposition stubbornly; refuse to yield or compromise.
See also: dig, heel
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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WESTERN Naval command chief Vice- Admiral Shekhar Sinha, under whose command two major submarine accidents have taken place, is learnt to have dug in his heels following speculations that he would also be putting in his papers in the aftermath of Admiral D.
The powerful defender dug in his heels and turned down the Lancastrians, despite visiting their ground.