not take no for an answer

idiom

: to insist on something
I told him that I couldn't come to the party, but he wouldn't take no for an answer.

Examples of not take no for an answer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My mother essentially would not take no for an answer. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 31 Mar. 2024 But the Climate Museum’s creator and director, Miranda Massie, would not take no for an answer. Helene Stapinski, New York Times, 29 Dec. 2023 Naturally Carrie would not take no for an answer, setting up an undoubtedly awkward seating plan. Jp Mangalindan, Peoplemag, 17 Aug. 2023 What is the best way to handle people who simply cannot and will not take no for an answer? Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 29 July 2023 Patrick Mahomes would not take no for an answer. Safid Deen, USA TODAY, 22 Jan. 2023 On the second day, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia were determined to go to the island, and would not take no for an answer. Town & Country, 14 Nov. 2022 While taking a bath, Ramon Riera receives a call from a life insurance agent who does not take no for an answer. Kathy Cichon, Chicago Tribune, 15 Sep. 2022 But Carr would not take no for an answer, and neither would John Travolta, cast as Danny, the male lead. Charles Hirshberg, Peoplemag, 19 Aug. 2022

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“Not take no for an answer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/not%20take%20no%20for%20an%20answer. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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