budge an inch


budge an inch
(not) budge/give an inch to refuse to change your opinion or agree to even very small changes that another person wants.

I keep asking her to think again, but she won't budge an inch.

He refuses to give an inch on health and safety issues.

(sometimes + on)

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  • not budge an inch — not give/budge/an inch phrase to completely refuse to change your opinion or decision I’ve tried everything to persuade her but she won’t budge an inch. Thesaurus: to not change, or to refuse to change your opinionsynonym Main entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • not budge an inch — (not) budge/give an inch to refuse to change your opinion or agree to even very small changes that another person wants. I keep asking her to think again, but she won t budge an inch. He refuses to give an inch on health and safety issues.… …   New idioms dictionary

  • budge — [bʌdʒ] v [I,T usually in negatives] [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: bouger, from Latin bullire; BOIL1] 1.) to move, or to make someone or something move ▪ She leaned on the door, but it wouldn t budge. budge from ▪ Will hasn t budged from his …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Budge — (b[u^]j), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Budged} (b[u^]jd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Budging}.] [F. bouger to stir, move (akin to Pr. bojar, bolegar, to stir, move, It. bulicare to boil, bubble), fr. L. bullire. See {Boil}, v. i.] To move off; to stir; to walk… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • budge — verb ADVERB ▪ barely, not even VERB + BUDGE ▪ will not, would not ▪ He sat down and would not budge. ▪ refuse to …   Collocations dictionary

  • inch — inch1 [ ıntʃ ] noun count *** a unit for measuring length. An inch is equal to 2.54 CENTIMETERS. There are 12 inches in one foot: The car stopped only about three inches from the edge of the cliff. an inch high/long/wide: The insect was about an… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • inch — I UK [ɪntʃ] / US noun [countable] Word forms inch : singular inch plural inches *** a unit for measuring length. An inch is equal to 2.54 centimetres. There are 12 inches in one foot The car stopped only about three inches from the edge of the… …   English dictionary

  • budge — verb (intransitive, transitive usually in negatives) informal 1 to move, or move someone or something from one place to another: Come on budge. I can t get past. | budge sth: The car was stuck in the snow and we couldn t budge it. (+ from): Will… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • inch — inch1 W3S2 [ıntʃ] n [Date: 1000 1100; : Latin; Origin: uncia one twelfth ] 1.) written abbreviation in a unit for measuring length, equal to 2.54 centimetres. There are 12 inches in a foot. ▪ The curtains were an inch too short. ▪ Rainfall here… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • inch — 1 /IntS/ noun (C) 1 a unit for measuring length, equal to 2.54 centimetres 2 a very small distance: A bullet thudded into the wall only inches from where I was standing. | The bus missed our car by inches. (=almost hit it) 3 enough rain or snow… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English