Meaning of dig in one's heels in English:

dig in one's heels

(also dig in one's feet)


  • Resist stubbornly; refuse to give in.

    ‘officials dug their heels in on particular points’
    • ‘My first viewing of it last year was an exercise in frustration as I dug in my heels and resisted any of its sensual pleasures as I hoped that its thematic strands would cohere into some sort of profound statement.’
    • ‘Or you could dig in your heels and stubbornly fight against life, trying to defeat it, like the fallen tree.’
    • ‘The difficulty for those attempting to save the credibility of Scottish football is that the very steps which would begin to redress the balance cause the Old Firm to dig in their heels in stubborn resistance.’
    • ‘A majority of the appeals court judges have dug in their heels in a way not seen since state courts resisted federal court rulings during the civil rights movement.’
    • ‘The prison administration and the Ontario Ministry for Public Safety and Security dug in their heels.’
    • ‘Both sides have dug in their heels and are in a waiting game to see who blinks first.’
    • ‘Those staff on the newspaper who had dug in their feet against my editorship or who were still sore that they themselves had not got the job saw the opportunity.’
    • ‘But the down side was that under pressure he may resent interruptions or demands on his time and react by digging in his heels and ignoring the needs of others.’
    • ‘People will have to dig in their heels and grit their teeth.’
    • ‘The players should dig in their heels and withdraw their services if these new regulations are applied.’
    oppose, fight against, refuse to accept, be hostile to, object to, be anti, take a stand against, defy, go against, set one's face against, kick against, balk at