stick to guns(redirected from stand by guns)
stick to one's guns
Fig. to remain firm in one's convictions; to stand up for one's rights. (Fig. on a soldier remaining in place to fire a gun even when all appears to be lost.) I'll stick to my guns on this matter. I'm sure I'm right. Bob can be persuaded to do it our way. He probably won't stick to his guns on this point.
stick to your guns
to refuse to change your beliefs or actions My parents want me to study accounting, but I'm sticking to my guns and majoring in philosophy.
Etymology: based on the military meaning of stick to your guns (to continue shooting at an enemy although it puts you in great danger)
stick to your guns(British, American & Australian informal) also stand by your guns (American informal)
to refuse to change your ideas although other people try to make you change them
Usage notes: If a soldier sticks to his guns he continues to shoot at the enemy.David's family were against him becoming an actor but he stuck to his guns. Stand by your guns and don't let them talk you into working full time if you don't want to.