refuse to (do something)

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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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refuse to do something

to reject doing something; to reject a request to do something. I absolutely refuse to go there! We all refused to break the law.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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If the present leadership in the CRC refuses to do this, they should be called upon to resign.
At two in the morning, after the pilots and the flight attendants take wage cuts to escape the union-slayer Lorenzo, Bryan refuses to do the same unless Borman resigns.