(to be) pig-headed

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - pig-headed

"(to be) pig-headed"

​showing ​unreasonable ​support for an ​opinion or ​plan of ​action and ​refusing to ​change or ​listen to different ​opinions;

very stubborn


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - pig-headed

Two friends are driving in a car ...

Friend 1:  No!

Friend 2:  Why not?  Washington Avenue is going to be a lot faster at this time of day.

Friend 1:  Because I have always taken this route and it is the route to take.

Friend 2:  Even though I can guarantee that Washington is faster?

Friend 1:  No!

Friend 2:  You sure are pig-headed.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - pig-headed

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I just suggested to the boss that a new system might increase profits and he refused to even listen to my idea.

Colleague 2:  The boss is older and is convinced that he is always right so he often refuses new ideas. He is very adamant about keeping things as they are.

Colleague 1:  Sounds a little pig-headed.

Colleague 2:  Yes, he is a little stubborn.

(to be) pig-headed - Usage:


(to be) pig-headed - Gerund Form:

Being pig-headed, the boss refused to see the best way to move forward.

(to be) pig-headed - Examples:

1)  Too bad the unions are too pig-headed to understand that when they make their demands.

2)  ... your attitudes are PART of the problem. Listen and learn, stop being so pig-headed. This stuff counts.

3)  ... is a delicate balance to be struck between, on the one hand, being pig-headed and closed to all ideas and, on the other, slavishly following whatever comments ...

4)  Sticking to your creative guns doesn't mean being pig-headed, though, says Podeswa. He says if the same criticism keeps coming up ...

5)  "Pig-headed" by her own admission, Wong has always viewed corporate politics with magisterial disdain ...

6)  If nothing else works, a total pig-headed unwillingness to look facts in the face will see us through.

7)  He makes errors and openly admits them. He is neither stubborn, pig-headed nor is he senile, unlike his critics.

8)  Even the most pig-headed Eurosceptics would have trouble arguing that the European Union would be better off without a ...

9)  Harrison retains a pig-headed, entirely self-defeating autonomy.

10)  I didn't go into it with some pig-headed mission to have no interventions, I just wanted to see how far I would ...

11)  I've worked with two superiors who were bullies, and fortunately I'm as pig-headed as they come and won't let them get away with this on me.

12)  This pig-headed insistence on applying austerity measures that worsen recession, that kill hope or any chance ...

13)  ... even if some of your readers are too pig-headed to believe it, or too stupid to understand it.

14)  That's not just stupid, it's pig-headed as well.

15)  So, we'll just have to wait and see how pig-headed the nationalists choose to be about this one.

16)  I used to be one of them. Stubborn and pig-headed, I didn't want to change. I didn't want to grow.

17)  You always have a choice, but sometimes you're too pig-headed and stubborn to see it.

18)  We can keeps our heels dug in and be pig-headed, or we can decide we are all in this together. 

19)  ...it's very hard to decide whether the Republicans are just being pig-headed, or if perhaps they just feel the bill needs to be better-written.

20)  ... part of the same depressing trend, founded in human arrogance, hubris and sheer pig-headed ignorance.