stand (one's) ground

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stand (one's) ground

1. To brace oneself and maintain one's position during or when anticipating an attack. The other team's offense was incredibly aggressive, but our defense stood their ground. Despite the guy's size, I managed to stand my ground during the fight.
2. To refuse to yield, compromise, or be belittled; to stand up against an attack or insult. The boss scoffed at her idea initially, but she stood her ground and explained it in greater detail. He kept offering me less money, but I stood my ground and got the full asking price.
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stand your ground

A phrase referring, in the United States, to a law that allows one to use force that would otherwise be illegal against a person that they perceive as posing an immediate threat of serious bodily harm. The name comes from the idea that one can "stand one's ground" rather than retreat. The shooter's state has a stand your ground law, so it's unlikely he'll face any charges, even though the man he shot was unarmed. It's still too early to tell whether the prosecutor will consider this a case of "stand your ground."
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stand one's ground

 and hold one's ground
to stand up for one's rights; to resist an attack. The lawyer tried to confuse me when I was giving testimony, but I managed to stand my ground. some people were trying to crowd us out of the line for tickets, but we held our ground.
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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.
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stand (one's) ground

1. To maintain one's position against an attack.
2. To refuse to compromise; be unyielding.
See also: ground, stand
References in classic literature ?
Well, if it is good, all right, I will accept; but if it isn't, I mean to stand my ground and play my hand for all it is worth."
'Anong magagawa ko, ako ang proponent (of the death penalty) so I have to stand my ground regardless kung mga siga 'yung nandyan na mag-interpolate sa akin so kelangang tayuan ko 'yan talaga,' the former top cop said.
"I'm learning to stand my ground more and mix it on the inside.
"If I can stand my ground with Max and Terry then I can stand my ground with any light-middleweight in Britain."
But I'll stand my ground, and I won't back down--Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne
On songs such as "Faster" and "Stand My Ground," Sharon den Adel plays in a lower range before letting loose with the full force of her voice, and that measure of control adds to the band's impact.
But I stand my ground on my opinion that outside politics from Keralite organisations creep into the school elections.
"You can do that in various ways - I chose to get on very well with people but at the same time I had to stand my ground."
I will stand my ground that Edsa achieved its purpose to topple a corrupt and brutal dictatorship.
Gonna stand my ground. And I won't back down--Tom Petty