stand one's ground

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stand one's ground

  1. (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.
  2. 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.

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