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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Faced with such a situation (Mrs Thatcher and the poll tax comes to mind) some politicians may have dug their heels in.
Just four days after the strongly fancied Bellvano was left at the start of a Kempton bumper after what appeared to be a breakdown in communication, both Topless and Monzon dug their heels in after a delayed start.
Initially, Blues' board tried to strike a loan for Cahill but altered strategy when McLeish stressed how much he really wanted him and Villa dug their heels in for a permanent deal.
The world governing body have dug their heels in and ordered all English clubs that from this summer transfers will only be permissible in the off-season and during January.
Both sides have dug their heels in and instead of getting round a table and reaching a compromise, nobody's winning.