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

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

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

dig in (one's) heels

To resist opposition stubbornly; refuse to yield or compromise.
See also: dig, heel
References in classic literature ?
My reading from the first was such as to enamour me of clearness, of definiteness; anything left in the vague was intolerable to me; but my long subjection to Pope, while it was useful in other ways, made me so strictly literary in my point of view that sometimes I could not see what was, if more naturally approached and without any technical preoccupation, perfectly transparent.
Or should she, confident, As sitting queen adored on Beauty's throne, Descend with all her winning charms begirt To enamour, as the zone of Venus once Wrought that effect on Jove (so fables tell), How would one look from his majestic brow, Seated as on the top of Virtue's hill, Discountenance her despised, and put to rout All her array, her female pride deject, Or turn to reverent awe