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stand firm

To remain determined, stalwart, and unyielding, as in one's position or opinion. Though it may be hard, we must stand firm in our pledge to environmental reform.
See also: firm, stand

hold firm

1. To remain securely adhered (to something). I didn't think the makeshift weld would do the trick, but I'm happy to say that it's holding firm.
2. To remain determined, stalwart, and unyielding, as in one's position or opinion. Though it may be hard, we must hold firm in our pledge to environmental reform.
See also: firm, hold

firm hand on the tiller

Full control over a situation. I felt comfortable knowing that even during this difficult time, he had a firm hand on the tiller.
See also: firm, hand, on, tiller

*firm hand

Fig. [someone's] strong sense of management; a high degree of discipline and direction. (*Typically: exercise ~; have ~; need ~; take ~; use~.) I had to use a firm hand with Perry when he was a child. He had a problem with discipline.
See also: firm, hand

firm something up

 
1. Lit. to make something more stable or firm. We need to firm this table up. It is very wobbly. You need to use a whisk to firm up the egg whites.
2. Fig. to make a monetary offer for something more appealing and attractive and therefore more "solid" and likely to be accepted. You will have to firm the offer up with cash today, if you really want the house. Please firm up this offer if you still want the house.
See also: firm, up

firm up

 
1. Lit. to develop better muscle tone; to become less flabby. I need to do some exercises so I can firm up. You really ought to firm up.
2. Fig. to become more stable or viable; to recover from or stop a decline. The economy will probably firm up soon. I hope that cattle prices firm up next spring.
See also: firm, up

keep a firm grip on someone or something

 and keep a tight grip on someone or something 
1. Lit. to hold on to someone or something tightly. As they approached the edge, Sally kept a firm grip on little Timmy. She kept a tight grip on him. Keep a firm grip on my hand as we cross the street.
2. Fig. to keep someone or something under firm control. The manager keeps a firm grip on all the employees. I try to keep a firm grip on all the accounts.
See also: firm, grip, keep, on

take a firm grip on someone or something

 
1. Lit. to grasp someone or something tightly. The police officer took a firm grip on Fred and led him to the squad car. Mary took a firm grip on the handle and pulled hard.
2. Fig. to gain control of someone or something. You will have to take a firm grip on Andrew. He has a mind of his own. Someone needs to take a firm grip on this department and get it organized.
See also: firm, grip, on, take

a firm/steady hand on the tiller

if someone has a firm hand on the tiller, they have a lot of control over a situation
Usage notes: A tiller is a long handle which is used to control the direction a boat travels.
What people want is a president with a firm hand on the tiller.
See also: firm, hand, on, tiller

firm up

v.
1. To become firm or firmer: My vacation plans firmed up, so I bought airline tickets.
2. To cause something, such as a shape or a plan, to become definite or firm: I want to firm up our vacation plans before I call the travel agent. Let's firm our route up and get on the road.
See also: firm, up
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PETER CLARKE says it's time to focus on football as managerless Town aim to keep their League I promotion bid firmly on track.
Ramadi / NINA /-- Dulaim tribes Emir Sheikh Ali Hatem al-Suleiman confirmed today that the ongoing sit-ins will continue , also stressed that any attack by the army or militias will be firmly confronted .
We believe he should have prepared the ground more firmly, and started earlier, but Mr Miliband deserves a fair wind.
Mr Clarke, 74, who served as justice secretary and minister without portfolio until last week's reshuffle, said of the recovery: "It's not firmly enough rooted on a proper balance between manufacturing and a wide range of services and financial services.
1: Customer's gun hand firmly grasps the frame, trigger finger is straight and above the triggerguard, while the support hand firmly grasps slide with thumb forward.
The second is that, firmly relying on the people, our Party completed the socialist revolution and established the basic socialist system
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He said that unlike Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), ANP firmly believed in practical development of the land and progress of the people.
ISLAMABAD, January 18, 2010 (Balochistan Times): Pakistan firmly rejects the assertions of state-sponsored terrorism and invites India to a deep introspection of its own policies and conduct, notably in Jammu and Kashmir as elsewhere.
If these people's ill-intention is proven, they will be dealt with seriously and firmly," he said, adding Tehran had in the past dealt firmly with people who "entered Iran illegally.
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The government firmly believes Ecstasy should remain a Class A drug.
Justine Henin is keen to put her Wimbledon disappointment firmly behind her when the top seed bids for her second Grand Slam title of the season in the final of the US Open.
The first two chapters trace how the courts and postwar popular culture sought to contain the possibilities engendered by interracial intimacy by locating the issue firmly in the private sphere, where it could not be a matter of civil rights.
This is true whether your feet are firmly planted on the ground while performing the activity (as with "ground-based" activities), or you are using stability devices, free weights, machines, Pilates equipment--and even that crude pulley device in the garage.