Definition of not take no for an answer in US English:

not take no for an answer

phrase

  • Persist in spite of refusals.

    • ‘She didn't take no for an answer and insubordination was not tolerated.’
    • ‘Their tactics aren't always nice - they agitate, they don't take no for an answer and sometimes they are confrontational.’
    • ‘Fill in a claim form ASAP and, if you believe your claim is genuine and falls within the terms of your policy, don't take no for an answer.’
    • ‘After two weeks of seeing her like this he had finally demanded she go see a doctor and he didn't take no for an answer.’
    • ‘Their boss (like most bosses) doesn't take no for an answer and is adamant they get the client or face being sacked.’
    • ‘I don't think that is going to be possible, she is so full of energy and doesn't take no for an answer.’
    • ‘I tell him all the time that I don't, but he doesn't take no for an answer.’
    • ‘Mac simply doesn't take no for an answer and if anyone is looking for a debt-collector, he's your man!’
    • ‘Which I did, but he smiled at me and said that he didn't take no for an answer, literally dragging me out onto the dance floor.’
    • ‘And if he doesn't take no for an answer, come and tell me.’