take a stand


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take a stand (against someone or something)

to take a position in opposition to someone or something; to oppose or resist someone or something. The treasurer was forced to take a stand against the board because of its wasteful spending. The treasurer took a stand, and others agreed.
See also: stand, take

take a stand

to publicly express an opinion Finally, somebody is going to have to say this is the right thing to do, to take a stand.
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take a stand

to publicly express an opinion about something, especially to say whether you support or are against something (usually + on ) Many politicians fail to take a stand on equal rights for women.
See hold ground, stick to guns, stand on its head, stand out a mile, can't stand the pace, stand pat, stand out like a sore thumb, stand tall
See also: stand, take

take a stand

Adopt a firm position about an issue, as in She was more than willing to take a stand on abortion rights. This idiom alludes to the military sense of stand, "hold one's ground against an enemy." [Mid-1800s] Also see make a stand.
See also: stand, take