stand pat

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stand pat (on something)

to stick firmly to one's position or opinions. I am going to stand pat on this issue. I thought you would stand pat in the absence of new information.
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stand pat

Refuse to change one's position or opinion, as in We're going to stand pat on this amendment to the bylaws. This expression may be derived from the verb pat in the sense of "strike firmly and accurately." [Late 1800s]
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stand pat

mainly AMERICAN
If someone stands pat, they refuse to change something or they refuse to change their mind about something. High interest rates are considered the cause of the problem, but the German Bundesbank today said it's standing pat. Head coach Tom Higgins is standing pat on his team and will go with the same 40 men he used last week. Note: In the game of poker, if a player stands pat, they are satisfied with the hand dealt to them and do not exchange any of their cards.
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stand pat

stick stubbornly to your opinion or decision. chiefly North American
In the card games poker and blackjack, standing pat involves retaining your hand as dealt, without drawing other cards.
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stand ˈpat

(especially American English) refuse to change your mind about a decision you have made or an opinion you have: There has been a lot of controversy over the new proposals, but the government is standing pat. OPPOSITE: shift your ground
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stand pat

verb
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stand pat

1. To oppose or resist change.
2. Games To play one's poker hand without drawing more cards.
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Prof Blanchflower said: "The remaining seven (members) voted to sit pat, arguing, sensibly, that any rate rise would be dangerous.
He added: "The remaining seven members voted to sit pat, arguing, sensibly, that any rate rise would be dangerous.
Although the RBA could sit pat on monetary policy, any reference signalling an end to its easing trend could buoy the Australian dollar and the euro," he said.
Greatwood said that was a factor, and added, `I just feel every player needs someone pushing him and (the change is) as much to challenge him, to challenge everybody that I'm not going to sit pat when someone has a subpar performance.