to dig your heels in

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - dig your heels in

"to dig your heels in"

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 your heels in

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 his heels in, he will never change his mind.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - dig your heels in

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 his heels in.

to dig your heels in - Usage:


to dig your heels in - Gerund Form:

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

to dig your heels in - Examples:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13)  Talk that Sheens will dig his heels in 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 his heels in.

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

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

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

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

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

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