to dig in your heels

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - dig in your heels

"to dig in your heels"

to refuse to do what other people are trying to persuade you to do, especially to refuse to change your opinions or plans;

to be obstinate or determined


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - dig in your heels

Three friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Come one. I really think you should race your car.

Friend 2:  I really don't think it is safe.  Besides I hear the police patrol that stretch of highway.

Friend 1:  Are you chicken?  Let's go.  It'll be fun.

Friend 2:  No.  I'm not going to do it.

Friend 3:  There's no sense in trying to convince him.  Once he has dug in his heels, he will never change his mind.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - dig in your heels

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I really think that Plan A has the best chance of success. Almost everyone agrees. Why doesn't the boss see it?

Colleague 2:  The boss can be very stubborn in these situations.

Colleague 1:  There must be something we can do. There must be some way to convince him.

Colleague 2:  I'm afraid that in this situation, the more we push, the more the boss will dig in his heels.

to dig in your heels - Usage:


to dig in your heels - Gerund Form:

Digging in your heels when you believe strongly in something is quite natural.

to dig in your heels - Examples:

1)  ... their strategy has just been to dig in their heels the ground and resist the pull to the NHL's position.

2)  Instead, both sides dig in their heels and denounce the other's position completely.

3)  ... the sort of people who fear change and dig in their heels as soon as any is suggested ...

4)  You could dig in your heels and insist that you are not moving until proper notice is given.

5)  It's time to be strong, to dig in your heels and stand your ground because you deserve better ...

6)  ... and in that position you really dig in your heels and look to come out strong.

7)  Being a stubborn Derbyshire woman I automatically dig in my heels when someone says' your knitting is too tight/loose.

8)  I should go with a system that actually works rather than dig in my heels and try and make something work which is inherently wobbly.

9)  ... this was not something I should dig in my heels over or cling to any old ideas about how old the character should be ...

10)  Leftists are among those who have dug in their heels on gender equality or gay marriage.

11)  We haven't reached any kind of agreement. The AFE union have dug in their heels.

12)  ... owners are simply not going to meet the players where they have currently dug in their heels

13)  Talk that Sheens will dig in his heels until he's been paid in full for the remaining two years on his ...

14)  ... more you defend it, the other person is more likely to dig in his heels.

15)  He knows how to compromise to get things done. He will not dig in his heels and refuse to budge on any single issue.

16)  The former US president famously dug in his heels and refused to apologise for ...

17)  ... was getting quietly more and more aggravated, and in the end he dug in his heels and dismissed the arrangements.

18)  So I dug in my heels and insisted that it was not a child friendly venue and that an evening ...

19)  I thought about going to United but I dug in my heels. I was obstinate and ...

20)  Throughout all of this, despite digging in their heels on various inspection efforts, the Iranians have insisted their nuclear programme is not ...