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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

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

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, 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

firm up

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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If members refer to each other as partners, that may give rise to a finding of partnership by estoppel; on the other hand, referring to member firms as affiliates may not.
The average revenues per employee reported by firms engaged in combined deconstruction and reuse retail sales was $73,900, compared to $96,516 per firm for organizations engaged in reuse retail sales only.
Finally, both firms can distance themselves from the other firm if necessary, because the arrangement is officially just a referral with a "finder's fee" attached to it.
In fact, only 20 percent of firms facing succession issues in the next five years have addressed these issues, according to a recent AICPA survey.
In addition, succession planning, another hot topic for smaller firms, is addressed in the free PCPS white paper Preparing for Transition: The State of Succession Planning and How to Handle the Process in Your Firm (pcps.
The zero interest rate policy has not only facilitated income transfer from households to corporations, but has also accelerated the polarization between big firms and small firms.
With regard to securities firms incorporated in the United States, qualifying securities firms are those securities firms that are broker-dealers registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and are in compliance with the SEC's net capital rule, 17 C.
Without adequate experience, training and supervision, accountants can make critical mistakes that result in serious consequences for their firms and their carriers.
Some firms will choose to remain independent because their clients will pay extra for an added layer of apparent objectivity.
Needless to say, several firms were reluctant to discuss title inflation.
Lacking quantitative measures for comparing the benefits of insurance against its costs, firms understandably develop and rely upon simple rules of thumb for determining how much risk they should retain.
Small practices have to do more to attract and retain the talent they need to handle client services, work toward succession, increase firm value and effectively compete with larger firms.
In fact, firms are suffering through investigations that have yet to yield any wrongdoing.
Many law firms develop customized seminars and workshops to demonstrate their expertise and provide prospective clients with the latest information on critical issues.