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stand pat (on something)

To be unyielding or inflexible in one's opinion, position, or decision. Despite laying out several convincing arguments, he stood pat on his decision about the project's direction. The coach is standing pat, even in the face of so much criticism.
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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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We stand pat in our earlier finding that there was a grave abuse of discretion on the part of DOLE when it awarded the P220 million economic package," the CA ruled.
The Angels' willingness to stand pat is a considerable vote of confidence for DaVanon, 29, who is hitting .
But after stranding two runners at second base with less than two outs earlier in the game, coach Jim Stone figured he'd rather gamble than stand pat and wonder what might have been.
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Pitcher Matt Wise will learn the extent of his elbow injury soon, but even if the news is bad the Angels appear content to stand pat and trust their depth will be enough.
I'm perfectly happy to stand pat if nothing attractive for our purposes is available at a reasonable price,'' Astros general manager Gerry Hunsicker said.
Interim general manager Dave Wallace said the club is content to stand pat rather than work a trade to bring in a sparkplug.
Wins, losses, nagging injuries and nagging issues aside, the Lakers believe they're better than the team that won the championship last June, so the prevailing wisdom is they will stand pat with the roster they have.
But if the Lakers don't have a solid starter by late January, brace yourself, because Jackson won't stand pat.
Several observors cautioned that the idea of a new DreamWorks studio in the Valley may slip away, much like the dream of a state-of-the-art facility at Playa Vista; in other words, DreamWorks may stand pat.
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Many economists are betting the Fed will choose to stand pat at least until the full impact of the Asian crisis is better known.
When executive vice president Jerry West and general manager Mitch Kupchak had the opportunity to make dramatic changes last summer, they opted instead to add a few complementary pieces and largely stand pat.
Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan, citing ``an exceptionally good'' economy, signaled to Congress on Tuesday that the Fed sees no immediate threat of rising inflation and likely would stand pat on interest rates for now.