insist on/upon

idiom

1
: to say or show that one believes that something is necessary or very important
My source insisted on anonymity.
She insists on doing everything her own way.
2
informal : to continue doing (something that other people think is annoying or unimportant)
The people sitting next to us insisted on talking during the entire movie.

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“Insist on/upon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/insist%20on%2Fupon. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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