won't hear of

not hear of (something)

To be adamant that something does not happen; to refuse to allow something (to happen). A: "I'd like to pay for dinner to thank you for your generosity." B: "I won't hear of it, my boy! You are our guest." My mother wouldn't hear of us going to an out-of-state college.
See also: hear, not, of

won't hear of

see under not have it.
See also: hear, of
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At the last moment, she won't hear of going away, unless you go too.
"Say that to my wife," said Sancho, who had until now listened in silence, "for she won't hear of anything but each one marrying his equal, holding with the proverb 'each ewe to her like.' What I would like is that this good Basilio (for I am beginning to take a fancy to him already) should marry this lady Quiteria; and a blessing and good luck- I meant to say the opposite- on people who would prevent those who love one another from marrying."
He wishes her to go into a convent, but she won't hear of it, and after a touching appeal, is about to faint when Roderigo dashes in and demands her hand.
'Besides, he's a pretty tidy fortune, Peggy, you know - not such a catch as Wilmot; but then Helen won't hear of that match: for, somehow, these old chaps don't go down with the girls - with all their money, and their experience to boot.
Mr Schu and his loyal band of choristers won't hear of it.
He offers to sit out but the other giraffes won't hear of it.
They won't hear of defeat for Miss Mexico - nor would you if you had your ears to the ground - but I would advise an each-way dabble on Miss Wales at a best-priced 20-1 and Miss Israel at around 22-1 - to you, 25-1.
The smaller parties, of course, won't hear of any change.
His dad won't hear of me letting him scream, although I was advised by a health visitor to try it.
"I have thought about retiring but they won't hear of it."
And the bookies' strong favourite to be top handler at this year's Festival won't hear of defeat for him or his exciting hurdling prospect Denman.
"I think we should get the boy a lawyer, but Malcolm won't hear of it," she had whispered, the snoring low and steady.
She won't hear of any other outcome other than a Welsh victory.''
Susan (Mary Healey) and June (Mary Evans) have had a stinker of a row and although their husbands want them to call a truce, the women won't hear of it.
"We try and tell her to slow down but she won't hear of it and we have had to stop saying it to her now.''
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