dig your heels in
Meaning: If you dig your heels in, you stubbornly resist something or refuse to change.
- Even though the developer offered them more than their houses were worth, the owners dug their heels in and refused to sell up and make way for the office block.
- When their record company told the band to change their style and make more commercial music, the band dug their heels in and refused to change.
Origin: Probably related to the fact that if a person or an animal resists being pulled forward, the body will lean backwards and the heels will dig into the ground as the legs resist the forward motion.
When her children wanted to move her into an old folk's home, Edith dug her heels in and
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Contributor: Matt Errey