Wordy Wednesday – “I’ll not budge an inch…”

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In the Prologue to Taming of the Shrew, a drunken Christopher Sly loiters outside a tavern.

He has broken some glasses and the Hostess demands that he pay for the damage.

Sly refuses to pay and the Hostess leaves to search for a policeman.  Sly calls after her:

I’ll answer him by law: I’ll not budge an inch, boy: let him come, and kindly.

When someone refuses to budge an inch, he or she refuses to move physically or mentally (i.e. to change his or her opinion).  Sly falls asleep on the spot so, in this case, he won’t budge an inch in any way whatsoever!

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