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take a stand

To publicly assert one's unyielding support of, defense of, or opposition to something. I know voicing my opinion on this legislation may put my job in jeopardy, but it's time to take a stand. All the other kids in the class were too afraid to speak out, but Georgina took a stand for what she knew was right.
See also: stand, take

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

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