One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Deliberately unhelpful; uncooperative.
unhelpful, uncooperative, unaccommodating, unamenable, unyielding, inflexible, uncompromising, unreasonable, awkward, difficult, obstructive, contrary, perverseView synonyms
- ‘If they were not paid, however, mercenaries could prove disobliging, as the future Henry II discovered on his first expedition to England in 1147, when the troops he took with him failed him and fled.’
- ‘Famously, Connolly is protected by one of the most disobliging management teams in show business, a company with an answerphone message that might as well be the single word ‘No‘.’
- ‘An uncompromising and rigid republican, he was called by Clarendon ‘an absurd bold man’, and by Ludlow, who knew him well, ‘a man of a disobliging carriage, sour and morose of temper’.’
- ‘Consigned by a disobliging fate to the era of Gladstone and Guizot, he has far less in common with those worthies than with Rafael Trujillo and with Papa Doc.’
- ‘Some like feisty, noisy, slightly aggressive animals but others, like me, prefer inert but cheerfully disobliging ones.’
- ‘The figure tramped through the alleys, forgoing the masses of disobliging people for the emptiness of the slums.’
- ‘Don't forget, we had to request these documents through the disobliging chief auditor.’
- ‘I only got my own son to leave home by writing a disobliging article about it in a newspaper, but that's not a remedy open to everyone.’
- ‘Asked in Europe for her name at airport immigration, for instance, she was fiercely disobliging.’
- ‘Why does everyone have to be so disobliging, just because it's Christmas?’
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