stick to one's guns

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Etymology[edit]

Military expression indicating bravery, diligence, and persistence of gunners faithfully attending their cannons under fire.

  • 1970 Henderson, James, The Frigates, an account of the lesser warships of the wars from 1793 to 1815. London: Wordsworth, p73:
    • Capitan Beaulieu-de-Long and his first lieutenant were both killed, several guns dismounted, and many of the [French frigate] crew killed and wounded; nevertheless the Forte kept up a furious and long-continued cannonade. [... every shot of the English frigate] Sybille [...] crashed into the hull of the Forte. Nevertheless the French stuck bravely to their guns, while the flame of the cannonade illuminated the scene beneath the canopy of smoke.

Verb[edit]

stick to one’s guns

  1. (idiomatic, figurative) To maintain one’s position or viewpoint when faced with opposition.