take no for an answer, not

Not accept a refusal, be persistent in demanding something, as in I want you to show me the statements and I won't take no for an answer. This idiom was first recorded in 1930 in Winston Churchill's My Early Life: “Don't take no for an answer, never submit to failure.”


Nearby words

  1. take its toll,
  2. take kindly to,
  3. take leave of,
  4. take liberties,
  5. take lying down,
  6. take note,
  7. take notes,
  8. take off,
  9. take off one's hands,
  10. take off one's hat to

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.