Definition of dig in one's heels (or toes or feet) in US English:

dig in one's heels (or toes or feet)


  • Resist stubbornly; refuse to give in.

    ‘he has dug in his heels and refuses to leave’
    • ‘Or you could dig in your heels and stubbornly fight against life, trying to defeat it, like the fallen tree.’
    • ‘Those staff on the newspaper who had dug in their feet against my editorship or who were still sore that they themselves had not got the job saw the opportunity.’
    • ‘A majority of the appeals court judges have dug in their heels in a way not seen since state courts resisted federal court rulings during the civil rights movement.’
    • ‘My first viewing of it last year was an exercise in frustration as I dug in my heels and resisted any of its sensual pleasures as I hoped that its thematic strands would cohere into some sort of profound statement.’
    • ‘The difficulty for those attempting to save the credibility of Scottish football is that the very steps which would begin to redress the balance cause the Old Firm to dig in their heels in stubborn resistance.’
    • ‘Both sides have dug in their heels and are in a waiting game to see who blinks first.’
    • ‘But the down side was that under pressure he may resent interruptions or demands on his time and react by digging in his heels and ignoring the needs of others.’
    • ‘The players should dig in their heels and withdraw their services if these new regulations are applied.’
    • ‘People will have to dig in their heels and grit their teeth.’
    • ‘The prison administration and the Ontario Ministry for Public Safety and Security dug in their heels.’
    oppose, fight against, refuse to accept, be hostile to, object to, be anti, take a stand against, defy, go against, set one's face against, kick against, baulk at
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