not move an inch

not move an inch

To not move, change, or shift in any way at all. My brother doesn't move 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 move an inch!
See also: inch, move, not

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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The romance between the MQM-P's two factions remained limited only to Senate elections, as both the groups could not move an inch to resolve their internal differences including the issue of party's convenership.
If Abassi cannot get rid of this Damocles sword on his head - the possibility of being dismissed at any time - by claiming and obtaining true independence for the institution, he will not move an inch.
He too did nothing to help as he claimed he was only instructed to remain guarding and not move an inch.
Unfortunately ER did not move an inch towards these objectives.
As he came closer, the bird, about a meter tall and with blue-gray eyes, did not move an inch.
Her eyes were still open and she did not move an inch.
He said they do not move an inch unless they are assured that they will be given kickbacks.
While the meeting itself, which lasted over two and a half hours, was held in a "very good, friendly atmosphere", Eroglu would not move an inch from his "extreme position".
The worry is the day after this great family bust-up, the country might not move an inch forward but will be left bitterly divided.
I know some people will say, 'you said you will not move an inch on certain things'.
Iraq equalised later and took the match into extra-time but the fans did not move an inch or leave their seats, maintaining faith in the fighting qualities of their champion team.
Addressing the attorney general, Justice Khosa said that the bench could not move an inch away from its decision.
According to commuters, the "drivers do not move an inch until the vehicles are overloaded at the bus stop".
SPINNING You might not move an inch but you'll certainly lose some inches with regular spinning.
But the company did not move an inch, and it was clear the company only wanted the talks because they wanted to avert a day of strike action.