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be (as) stubborn as a mule

To be very devoted to a particular opinion or course of action, especially when faced with opposition. My toddler is as stubborn as a mule and has a tantrum every night at bedtime because he doesn't want to stop playing. You'll never get Rich to change his opinion—he's stubborn as a mule.
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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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If we do not, then we will see thousands more of our heroes lost for nothing other than a stubborn, "stay the course" mentality (THE NEW AMERICAN, "Rumsfeld Goes," November 27).
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Chapters spell out what the letter of the sacrament states about the right of Catholics to voice opinions (though not the direct, open, and stubborn rejection of the Church's teachings), have protection of their privacy, freedom of inquiry, seek vindication of their rights, and much more.
I like to use this example to demonstrate what could be perceived as stubborn, but is really the mule looking out for its own well being.
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While they no doubt know there is a commandment against killing, it is unlikely they are aware that the Bible declares the following shall be killed: he that curses his father and mother, witches, those who lie with beasts, worshipers of other gods, people who work on the Sabbath, adulterers, homosexuals, wizards, whores, blasphemers, stubborn and rebellious sons, and thieves.
The girl he loves, Dojihla, is especially stubborn and unaccepting of any man's love, so then the story becomes a hero tale, as Wabi goes off into an unknown wilderness, with his wolf companion, to fight off evil creatures and then to return to the Indian village to win Dojihla's love.
Ordinarily JUST A LITTLE TOO THIN: HOW TO PULL YOUR CHILD BACK FROM THE BRINK OF AN EATING DISORDER would have been featured in our Children's Bookwatch issue--but since such disorders can affect kids into adulthood, and can prove quite stubborn to control, it's featured here for its wider-ranging applications.