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

  • 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

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

  • dig in — (Roget s IV) v. 1. [*To begin, especially to begin eating] Syn. start in, attack, fall to; see begin 1 , bite 1 , eat 1 . 2. [To entrench] Syn. fortify, brace oneself, stand firm, dig in one s heels; see defend 1 , endure 2 , resolve 1 …   English dictionary for students

  • To dig in — 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

  • hold one's ground — he tried to dissuade me with his negative remarks, but I held my ground Syn: stand firm, stand fast, make a stand, stick to one s guns, dig in one s heels …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • 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

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