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(as) stubborn as a mule

Extremely reluctant or unwilling to change a particular opinion, behavior, or course of action, especially when faced with opposition. My toddler is as stubborn as a mule, and he'll throw a tantrum any time he doesn't get what he wants. You'll never get Rich to change his opinion—he's stubborn as a mule.
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*stubborn as a mule

 and *obstinate as a mule
Cliché very stubborn. (*Also: as ~.) I tried to convince Jake to go to the doctor, but he's as stubborn as a mule. For four years, Henry pestered his parents to let him learn the trumpet. They tried to talk him into some other, quieter instrument, but he was stubborn as a mule, and now he has a trumpet.
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stubborn as a mule

Extremely obstinate, as in He's stubborn as a mule about wearing a suit and tie. This simile evokes the proverbial stubbornness of mules, whose use as draft animals was once so common that the reputation for obstinacy can hardly be as warranted as the term indicates. [Early 1800s]
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stubborn as a mule

If someone is as stubborn as a mule, they are determined to do what they want and very unwilling to change their mind. For all his pleasant manner, the Texan was stubborn as a mule, and he didn't like being pushed. Old Greg is also stubborn as a mule. He won't say anything — he'll just carry on doing what he planned. Note: This expression is usually used to show disapproval.
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stubborn as a mule

extremely stubborn. informal
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(as) ˌstubborn as a ˈmule

(often disapproving) very determined not to change your opinion or attitude; obstinate: If you tell her what to do, she won’t do it because she’s as stubborn as a mule. Why not just suggest it to her?
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A Rome court recently closed down an Italo production of "Waiting for Godot" starring female twins, in observance of Beckett's famously obstinate aversion to having women play Vladimir and Estragon.
Persistence with the idea probably had as much to do with attachment to a fixed idea or an obstinate refusal by councillors to admit they were wrong as any merits of the proposal.
Pat Franklin, CRI's executive director, says, "The industry insists that curbside recycling and better public relations can get their message across and spur citizens to recycle more, but they remain obstinate about acknowledging the only program proven to recycle 70 to 90 percent of the cans sold in any given market: the deposit system.
This is the author's second book on James II, 'that most difficult and obstinate of kings'.
But it's misleading to take his obstinate refusal to produce focused shows as a sign of either egomaniacal overreaching (although he does start off the present catalogue with a picture of himself at age sixteen touring Norway on a Vespa) or sheer laziness (although "Universal Experience" does reprise works from Bonami's past efforts at Manifesta and Venice).
In an attempt to appear less obstinate, House Democrats have decided to quit announcing they refuse to negotiate Bush's plan to privatize Social Security.
Using new technology, a locking mechanism is created with a series of magnets enabling the unit to clamp on to the manhole cover without any special tools and making it possible to remove the most obstinate cover with ease.
As they argue the ring does its best and soon Marcus and Honoria fall in love, but he remains obstinate that love does exist in spite of his seemingly happy insane siblings and his desire to kiss his antiquities opponent Honoria every time he sees her.
I'm sure the boss doesn't intend to be obstinate, but he is right at retirement age .
THE RAM: Stubborn, obstinate, unmoving--those are closely-related words called synonyms.
Vocalist Kaia Wilson, whom you'll remember from her Team Dresch days a decade back, has emerged a damn good songmaster: "Another obstinate asshole/Another free riding miserly/For her for her/God how I adore her" ("Tell the Others").
At the height of colonization in the 18th century, botanist Carolus Linnaeus identified four racial groups: americanus, "reddish, obstinate, and regulated by custom"; asiaticus, "sallow, severe, and ruled by opinion"; africanus, "black, crafty, and governed by caprice"; and europaeus, "white, gentle, and governed by law.
John and his teammates were obstinate in their refusal to leave their fallen comrade behind.
A major contributing factor to Pennsylvania's crisis is an "exceedingly powerful" and obstinate personal injury attorney lobby, a spokesman from the Pennsylvania Medical Society said.
There had been talk of obstinate German demands regarding the problem of Swiss-destined jets flying over southern German territory, but in the end, no real concessions were made on the part of the Swiss.