dig in one's heels

dig in one's heels
phrasal to take or persist in an uncompromising position or attitude despite opposition

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • dig in one's heels — To behave stubbornly • • • Main Entry: ↑heel * * * resist stubbornly; refuse to give in he has dug in his heels and refuses to leave …   Useful english dictionary

  • dig in one's heels — ► dig in one s heels stubbornly refuse to compromise. Main Entry: ↑dig …   English terms dictionary

  • to dig in one's heels — Dig Dig (d[i^]g), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dug} (d[u^]g) or {Digged} (d[i^]gd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Digging}. Digged is archaic.] [OE. diggen, perh. the same word as diken, dichen (see {Dike}, {Ditch}); cf. Dan. dige to dig, dige a ditch; or (?) akin to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dig in one's heels —    If you dig in your heels, you refuse to do something, especially if someone is trying to convince you to do so.     My grandfather dug in his heels and refused to move to an apartment …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • dig in one's heels — stubbornly refuse to give in. → dig …   English new terms dictionary

  • dig one's heels in — To refuse to be moved or persuaded • • • Main Entry: ↑dig …   Useful english dictionary

  • dig — ► VERB (digging; past and past part. dug) 1) break up and turn over or move earth. 2) make (a hole) by digging. 3) (often dig up) extract from the ground by digging. 4) poke or jab sharply. 5) ( …   English terms dictionary

  • dig — dig1 [dig] vt. dug, digging [ME diggen < Anglo Fr * diguer < OFr digue, dike < Du dijk: see DIKE1] 1. to break and turn up or remove (ground, etc.) with a spade or other tool, or with hands, claws, snout, etc. 2. to make (a hole, cellar …   English World dictionary

  • Dig — (d[i^]g), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dug} (d[u^]g) or {Digged} (d[i^]gd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Digging}. Digged is archaic.] [OE. diggen, perh. the same word as diken, dichen (see {Dike}, {Ditch}); cf. Dan. dige to dig, dige a ditch; or (?) akin to E. 1st… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dig — verb (digs, digging; past and past participle dug) 1》 break up and move earth with a tool or with hands, paws, etc.     ↘make (a hole) by digging.     ↘extract from the ground by digging.     ↘(dig in) (of a soldier) protect oneself by making a… …   English new terms dictionary

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