not budge an inch

not budge an inch

To not move, change, or shift in any way at all. My brother doesn't budge an inch once he gets an idea in his head, so don't bother trying to reason with him. I can't believe how tight this bolt is on here—it won't budge an inch!
See also: budge, inch, not

won't budge an inch

Will not move, change, or shift in any way at all. Once my brother gets his mind made up, he won't budge an inch, so don't bother trying to reason with him. I can't believe how tight this bolt is on here—it won't budge an inch!
See also: budge, inch

not budge/give/move an ˈinch

refuse to change your position, decision, etc. even a little: We tried to negotiate a lower price but they wouldn’t budge an inch.
See also: budge, give, inch, move, not
References in classic literature ?
But he, holding firmly on to the platform, did not budge an inch, and let the storm pass on, which would soon have assumed formidable proportions, if Michel Ardan had not quieted it by a gesture.
I did not budge an inch and passed him on a perfectly equal footing!
In vain the Sheriff roared at them, calling them cowards, and urging them forward in a body; they would not budge an inch, but stood and watched Little John as he moved slowly away toward the forest, keeping his gaze fixed upon them.
Faisal Jamil Kashmiri, a key activist of SRSM Committee, said they would not budge an inch from their demands which include effective mitigation measures to combat the environmental impact of 969-megawatt Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project (NJHP) as well as shelving of the proposed Kohala Hydropower Project (KHP) which envisages diversion of Jhelum River, also through a tunnel system like that of NJHP.
PESHAWAR -- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Sultan Khan Thursday informed the provincial assembly that KP government would not budge an inch from its stand about payment of Rs128 billion under the AGN Qazi formula to the province.
observe Indian Republic Day as Black Day on Saturday against forced occupation of Kashmir by India and make it clear to the world that they would not budge an inch from their principled stand of complete liberation from India.
However, the finance ministry will not budge an inch to growing calls for the tax repeal.
The issue of Saad Rafique's production order also came under discussion between the two and later in the Parliamentary party meeting and it was decided that party would not budge an inch from their declared position of Kh.Saad Rafique's production by the Speaker for attending the ongoing National Assembly session.
He said the Balochistan police in the near past embraced martyrdom in the line of duty and would not budge an inch from giving more sacrifices for their sacred mission of protecting the people.
Duterte, the communists said, 'did not budge an inch' in demanding the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) to sign a bilateral ceasefire agreement.
"From the start, Duterte did not budge an inch in demanding the NDF to sign a bilateral ceasefire agreement while not committing himself to basic socioeconomic reforms demanded by the people," he said.
The protestors presented a five-point charter of demands and vowed that they would not budge an inch till the concerned authorities took tangible steps for resolution of their problems.
This is what we are and we cannot and will not budge an inch from our characteristic and will also fiercely guard our independent place in the community of Nations.
Toughening his position on an open-ended confrontation with Aoun over a controversial decree promoting a number of Army officers, Berri, according to MPs who saw him during his weekly meeting with lawmakers at his Ain al-Tineh residence, said he would "not budge an inch" on the need to respect the equal power-sharing formula between Muslims and Christians as dictated by the Constitution and the 1989 Taif Accord that ended the 1975-90 Civil War.
Yet, we do not budge an inch! So why should a few opportunists exploiting the situation be denied the advantage, regardless of whether it is at the expense of all ethics and morals?