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have the courage of (one's) convictions

To have the confidence to act or behave in accordance with one's beliefs or ideologies, especially in the face of resistance, criticism, or persecution. The governor was presented with a bribe to help the corporation avoid regulation, but she had the courage of her conviction to refuse such an offer.
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courage of (one's) convictions

Strong faith or confidence in one's beliefs. Often used in the phrase "have the courage of one's convictions." I need to have the courage of my convictions any time I'm around my parents—they always try to dissuade me from pursuing a career as a screenwriter. I'm always impressed with Stella—nothing can shake the courage of her convictions in her crusade for social justice.
See also: conviction, courage, of

lack the courage of (one's) convictions

To not have the confidence to act or behave in accordance with one's beliefs or ideologies, especially in the face of resistance, criticism, or persecution. The governor was presented with a bribe to help the corporation avoid regulation, and she accepted it because she lacked the courage of her convictions.
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carry (a lot of) weight (with someone or something)

Fig. to be very influential with someone or some group of people. Your argument does not carry a lot of weight with me. The senator's testimony carried a lot of weight with the council.
See also: carry, weight

carry one's (own) weight

 and pull one's (own) weight
Fig. to do one's share; to earn one's keep. (The weight is the burden that is the responsibility of someone.) Tom, you must be more helpful around the house. We each have to carry our own weight. Bill, I'm afraid that you can't work here anymore. You just haven't been carrying your weight.
See also: carry, weight

carry weight (with someone)

Fig. to have influence with someone; [for an explanation] to amount to a good argument to use with someone. That carries a lot of weight with the older folks. What you say carries no weight with me.
See also: carry, weight

have the courage of one's convictions

to have enough courage and determination to carry out one's goals. It's fine to have noble goals in life and to believe in great things. If you don't have the courage of your convictions, you'll never reach your goals. Jane was successful because she had the courage of her convictions.
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carry weight

Also, carry authority or conviction . Exert influence, authority, or persuasion, as in No matter what the President says, his words always carry weight. Shakespeare combined two of these expressions in Henry VIII (3:2): "Words cannot carry authority so weighty." [c. 1600]
See also: carry, weight

courage of one's convictions, have the

Behave according to one's beliefs. For example, Carl wouldn't give his best friend any of the test answers; he had the courage of his convictions . This expression is believed to have originated as a translation of the French le courage de son opinion ("the courage of his opinion"), dating from the mid-1800s and at first so used. By the late 1800s it had changed to the present form.
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carry weight

COMMON If a person or their opinion carries weight, they are respected and are able to influence people. Not only do men talk more, but what they say often carries more weight. El Tiempo is Colombia's leading newspaper and its opinions carry considerable weight in the country.
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carry weight

be influential or important.
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have the courage of your convictions

act on your beliefs despite danger or disapproval.
1998 Times The knives were out for us and we had to have the courage of our convictions.
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carry ˈweight

be important or able to influence somebody: His opinions carry very little weight with his manager.
See also: carry, weight

have/lack the courage of your conˈvictions

be/not be brave enough to do what you believe to be right: You say that cruelty to animals is wrong, so why not have the courage of your convictions and join our campaign?
See also: conviction, courage, have, lack, of

carry weight

verb
See also: carry, weight

courage of one's convictions, to have the

To act in accordance with one’s beliefs. The term may have originated in France since at first it was stated as the courage of his opinions (le courage de son opinion); it so appears in John Morley’s biography of Diderot (1878). A 1989 political cartoonist put an amusing twist on it in criticizing President George H.W. Bush’s changing stand on abortion: “It’s nice to see he has the courage of his elections” (Wasserman, Boston Globe, Nov. 9, 1989). See also put one's money where one's mouth is.
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ISLAMABAD -- The Supreme Court has held that suspension of a sentence will not wash away the conviction of an individual because the culpability is complete as soon as the person charged is found guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction.
The State contends that the circuit court erred in awarding Harrison sentence credit, because the time Harrison spent serving initial confinement in first one, and then the other, case in which the convictions were subsequently vacated was not time "spent in custody in connection with the course of conduct for which the sentence was imposed" in the non-vacated cases, as required under WIS.
? He also had previous convictions for criminal damage.
Mosby testified before House and Senate committees this week in support of cross-filed bills that would allow prosecutors to move to vacate convictions under certain circumstances.
Beazer's petition rests on his argument that his prior convictions for Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon ('ABDW'), Simple Assault and Battery, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon ('ADW'), Simple Assault, Carjacking, and Armed Robbery are not categorically violent felonies under the force clause of ACCA.
The commissioner pointed to the success of companies like Timpsons who employ ex-offenders and he urged bosses not to adopt a blanket exclusion for people with convictions.
The defendant argued his prior conviction under Virginia Code 18.2-57.2, for misdemeanor assault and battery against a family member, was not a "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence," as used on the ATF form.
convictions. Such a reading would require the government either to prove
Last week the Examiner reported that the ringleader Amere Singh Dhaliwal is appealing his life sentence, Zahid Hassan is appealing his convictions and Mohammed Kammer is appealing his sentence.
The state may enhance domestic-assault charges to the felony level based on two prior domestic-violence convictions even if the earlier offenses arose from the same behavioral incident and were not sentenced separately, the Court of Appeals has ruled in State v.
NEARLY 8,000 people a year are sent to prison for the first time despite having at least three previous convictions.
people were prison for the despite more than convictions
Of the 63 offenders convicted for sexual assault in the police force area in the year to September 2017, six had previous convictions for the same offence.
Muscat: Convictions in the Philippines related to illegal drug cases filed in courts rose by more than 200 per cent in 2017, according to a senior official from the country's Department of Justice.
When Justice Fails: Causes and Consequences of Wrongful Convictions