not budge an inch

not budge an inch

To be unable or unwilling 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.
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.
On his row with Aoun over the officers' decree, Berri was quoted as saying: "In politics, we are still holding on to our position and we will not budge an inch from our constitutional and legal approach toward all issues.
Former home minister Sarfraz Bugti made it loud and clear that they would not budge an inch from their stance even if they are ousted from the party.
A source from within the administrative ranks of the MHP told Today's Zaman they would not budge an inch from their "red lines," adding, "If it fields a reasonable contender, the MHP will support the CHP's candidate in the fourth round.
But on a night of more spit than polish, the major rivals in LVG's rat race did not budge an inch.
Syed Ishtiaq Urmar in his address on the occasion said his party workers will not budge an inch from their stance against stopping supply to NATO forces stationed in Afghanistan and drone strikes in the country.
As traffic did not budge an inch for hours, many jeepney and taxi passengers got off and walked their way home braving the soaking rain.
Isao Iijima told North Korean officials during his recent trip to Pyongyang that Japan will not budge an inch until the abduction issue involving Japanese nationals is resolved, a Japanese government source said Saturday.
The regime also responded with even more methodical destruction, to inform whoever required notification that the regime will not budge an inch.