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Expressions used to talk about determination and stubbornness

where there’s a will, there’s a way

used for saying that if someone wants something enough, they find a way to achieve it

I/we etc. will not rest until...

used for emphasizing that you will not stop until you have achieved your goal

there’s no stopping someone

used for saying that it is impossible to prevent someone from doing something

if it kills you

used for emphasizing that you will do something even if it is extremely difficult

if it’s the last thing I do

used for emphasizing that you are determined to do something

won’t take no for an answer

used for saying that someone is very determined that you should do what they want, especially that you should accept their offer or invitation

wild horses couldn’t...

used for saying that you are very determined to do something or not do something

in for a penny, in for a pound

used for saying that you intend to finish doing something that you have started, or intend to do it thoroughly

...or bust

used for saying that you will try extremely hard to succeed in something

and damn the consequences/expense etc.

used for saying that you are going to do something without worrying about what will happen as a result/how much it will cost, etc.

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