I told him to stop but he wouldn't/didn't

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I've read other wouldn't / didn't threads but I could not figure this one.

In an episode of "Castle" (an American TV drama,) A woman shot a man.

She says "I told him to stop but he wouldn't."

If the sentence was "I told him to stop but he didn't." , would it mean any different?

Thank you.
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    English - England
    "I told him to stop, but he wouldn't" is more idiomatic. This "wouldn't" is the past tense of the "will" of "willingness", so "... but he wouldn't" means "... but he refused (to stop)".
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