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    she doesn't take no for an answer.

    "Basma is not covered, she dresses modern, she used to go to court like that, and our courts are run by hardline conservatives," says a government official with close ties to the country's legal establishment. "Someone told me, ĎThe minute I saw her I knew they would try to get her.' She doesn't care what people think about her, or their opinions of her, and she doesn't take no for an answer. She is against everything they stand for."

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    Does that mean that Basma isnít afraid of saying anything even at the cost of her life? Does that mean that she is ready to answer questions the people of Oman think ten times before thinking of saying yes or no? In other words, she is a brave woman.

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    Re: she doesn't take no for an answer.

    It means that she is determined to get things her way. She does not accept when she is told "no" about something. She continues to fight to get what she wants.

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    Re: she doesn't take no for an answer.

    "To refuse to take no for an answer" is a very common phrase, in BrE at least. As SoothingDave said, it means that when she is told "No" to something she wants, she refuses to accept that that is the answer and continues to fight for, or to ask for, whatever it is.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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