stand one's ground

stand one's ground

Also, hold one's ground; stand fast. Be firm or unyielding, as in You've got to respect him for standing his ground when all the others disagree, or I'm going to hold my ground on this issue, or No matter how he votes, I'm standing fast. This idiom, dating from the early 1600s, originally was applied to an army holding its territory against the enemy, but was being used figuratively as well by the end of the 1600s.
See also: ground, stand
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Drawing up the courage to stand one's ground did not always have to take place at a voter registration office or a segregated lunch counter.
When faced with a perceived threat of death or serious bodily harm, even if it later proves to be unfounded, a person has the right to use lethal force - to stand one's ground and not retreat.
All this and other factors still motivate continuing to stand one's ground in the theaters of the "Arab Spring.
Enoch begins by arguing in favor of a moral principle, called Impartiality: "when an interpersonal conflict (of the relevant kind) is a matter merely of preferences, then an impartial, egalitarian solution is called for, and it is wrong to just stand one's ground.
Then there was being called Oliver Twist by one's so-called mates, but provided one could stand one's ground with a suitable rejoinder followed by a smack in the face, the message was soon reluctantly accepted
Intensely political folk quartet Ac Eraill weigh in early on with Catraeth, a song about the medieval battle of the same name that made a point about the need to stand one's ground in the language struggle.