not take no for an answer

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Definition of not take no for an answer

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

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“Not take no for an answer.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20no%20for%20an%20answer. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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