not give an inch

not give an inch

To be unable or unwilling move, change, or shift in any way at all. My brother doesn't give 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 give an inch!
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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
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We must not give an inch on the idea that it is acceptable for managers to tell employees that if they start asking those questions, they'll be labelled difficult, that it might harm their chances of promotion.
Now is the time for the First Minister to show some leadership and give a concrete guarantee that he will not give an inch when it comes to protecting Welsh jobs and communities.
Back in the action, the Panthers would not give an inch and continued to pound the paint until the final buzzer sounded.
Whether Donald Trump sits in a glass tower or sits in the White House, we will not give an inch on this, not now, not ever.
The Turkish Cypriot platform "We do not give an inch of ground" comprising residents of Morphou on Sunday held a protest on the northern side of Zodia crossing to demonstrate against giving the town back under a Cyprus solution.
For Andy to not give an inch to Juan Martin del Potro in a five-hour match on the day of his grandad's funeral shows total commitment to the cause.
We should not give an inch, we should continue wearing the kippah," Corsia said, according to AFP.
We respect each other but do not give an inch on the field of play.
Costa clashed with Can, then Skrtel; Can, and then Skrtel, did not give an inch.
They may not have got the win that was dreamed about but, against a side ranked fourth in the world and who have won ten of their last 12 games at home, they did not give an inch and got the draw they deserved.
They may not have got the win that was dreamed about but, against a side ranked fourth in the world and who had won 10 of their last 12 games at home, they did not give an inch and got the draw they deserved.
Heading the programme is Gethin, who defends his British title against Derry Matthews with both boxers threatening to not give an inch, making it a battle to be won by the one who "wants it most".
I asked him to go to the field and not give an inch of space to the BJP," he added.
People of South Sudan will not give an inch to the North under any circumstance.
Frazier and Ali were quintessential the apex of pedigree fighting (sic) in which each man would not give an inch until they were dead (sic).
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