refuse to

refuse (something) to (one)

To decline to give or grant something to one. The prison guard was accused of refusing medical treatment to dozens of inmates. Unfortunately, the company is completely within their rights to refuse insurance benefits to new employees.
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refuse to (do something)

To indicate or express that one is unwilling or determined not to do something. He refused to sign the contract because he would have to relinquish creative control of the project. I tried to call to apologize to her, but she's refusing to answer her phone.
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refuse something to someone

to deny someone permission to receive or use something. You wouldn't refuse water to me, would you? Nothing at all was refused to the new employee.
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References in classic literature ?
Perhaps she refused to have him sent for because she knew he would refuse to come.
Why do you, who heal others, refuse to help my son?
I positively refuse to read her, as I positively refuse to listen to her, whenever she attempts to return to that one subject.
Could she say, "I refuse to content this pining hunger?
I refuse to accept this extraordinary mission," Pailleton declared, rising to his feet.
I refuse to leave this spot," answered the Cricket, "until I have told you a great truth.
Woe to boys who refuse to obey their parents and run away from home
Often he would positively refuse to learn, or to repeat his lessons, or even to look at his book.
Frequently I threatened that, if he did not do better, he should have another line: then he would stubbornly refuse to write this line; and I, to save my word, had finally to resort to the expedient of holding his fingers upon the pen, and forcibly drawing his hand up and down, till, in spite of his resistance, the line was in some sort completed.
Often she would stubbornly refuse to pronounce some particular word in her lesson; and now I regret the lost labour I have had in striving to conquer her obstinacy.
In MY childhood I could not imagine a more afflictive punishment than for my mother to refuse to kiss me at night: the very idea was terrible.
Following is a list of 25 things successful people refuse to do.
Hough-Telford's team compared the national AAP Periodic Surveys of 2006 and 2013 that dealt exclusively with immunizations to learn how currently practicing pediatricians perceived three issues related to vaccination: the prevalence of vaccine refusals and delays, why parents refuse or delay vaccines, and the decision of doctors to dismiss families who refuse to vaccinate.
Lead author Dr Tyler Okimoto, of the University of Queensland Business School, wanted to find out why people often refuse to say sorry despite apologies being seen as a "cheap" way to reduce blame and punishment.
He said: "The PFA's opinion, based on all the evidence presented, is Tevez did not refuse to play.