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insist on (something)

1. To need to do a particular thing, in spite of others' annoyance or discouragement. My little boy insists on taking his favorite toy truck with him every where he goes. Why do you insist on wearing shorts in the middle of winter? You look like a nut!
2. To require or dictate that something happen. I insist on you following my rules while you're living in my house.
See also: insist, on
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

insist (up)on something

to demand something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) I want you here now! We all insist upon it! I insist on it too.
See also: insist, on
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

insist on

1. To demand something firmly and persistently: I insist on peace and quiet when I'm trying to work!
2. To continue with some behavior or course of action in spite of the disapproval of others: He insists on tapping his fingers on the desk, even though I've told him to stop.
See also: insist, on
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Bruce insisted he was eager to keep the best local youngsters and used Matty Longstaff as an example.
Amid growing calls for him to be investigated for recording collections meant for Goods and Services Tax (GST) refunds as revenue in the Consolidated Account, the former finance minister insisted that the GST Act provided for this.
He insisted that the North East economy was on the mend, although he hinted there could be more Government help on the way.
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But angry relatives insisted last night: "She's 100% ours." The girl's sister also insisted DNA tests will prove she is their blood relative.
And he insisted a show of unity was crucial to stemming the tide.
Dobson called same-sex parenting an "untested and far-reaching social experiment" and insisted, "The traditional family, supported by more than 5,000 years of human experience, is still the foundation on which the well-being of future generations depends."
JOEY BARTON insisted he does not want to leave Eastlands after Manchester City beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup.
He insisted he is "certain" that A380 production problems are "under control now," according to the Associated Press.
But the Good Shepherds insisted on long-term committals, in some cases for life, which both defeated the purpose of reform and limited the number of women who could be rescued.
The Clinton Administration made small steps in the direction of banning land mines but insisted it must continue using "dumb mines" (which do not self-destruct after a period of time) until the year 2006, safely beyond Clinton's Presidency.
My mother, who already had two boys, insisted that I would be a girl, but my grandfather, whose name was Arthur, insisted I would be another boy.
But it was surprising to see them endorsed by the DEA, which has long insisted there is no conflict between drug control and pain control.
Even though applying the pad required Castano to install a new bonding line, Nissan insisted on the extra layer of bathroom tissue-like softness to pamper the backsides of their top-of-the-line Maxima customers.
Creativity, he insisted, is the avenue to renewal and survival during a time of threat.