stand one's ground
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- (idiomatic) To maintain or stick by an opinion or position; to remain resolute in the face of opposition.
- They expect their opponents to stand their ground on the issue.
- To hold a position in battle.
- 1849, Thomas Babington Macaulay, “History of England, Before the Restoration”, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume I, copyright edition, Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, page 41:
- It soon appears that peasants and burghers, however brave, are unable to stand their ground against veteran soldiers, whose whole life is a preparation for the day of battle, whose nerves have been braced by long familiarity with danger, and whose movements have all the precision of clockwork.
to remain resolute
to hold a position in battle
- See also Thesaurus:obstinacy