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Difference between Dig one’s heels in and Dig oneself in

dig one’s heels in—act firmly; refuse to yield:

  • It is not an indication of my lack of ability, but rather a sign that it is time for me to dig my heels in and exert more effort.

dig oneself in —(also: dig in)

1. (of soldiers) dig a protective place for oneself:

  • We were ordered to dig ourselves in and I can assure you that it did not take us long to dig our trench.

2. establish oneself securely; get oneself settled (in a new job, etc.):

  • I am relatively new to the photography world although I’ve dug myself in and tried to improve as much as I can.