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hold (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 held their ground. Despite the guy's size, I managed to hold 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 held her ground and explained it in greater detail. He kept offering me less money, but I held my ground and got the full asking price.
See also: ground, hold

hold/stand your ˈground

face a situation and refuse to run away: In spite of the enemy’s fierce attack, we stood our ground and eventually they had to retreat.After arguing about future policy for three hours, he was still standing his ground.
See also: ground, hold, stand
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More than two-dozen states have passed similar Stand Your Ground laws since Florida adopted the NRA-drafted law in 2005, The Washington Post reported.
Researchers at Texas A&M University studied FBI data to analyse the same 10-year period, and found no evidence that Stand Your Ground laws deterred crimes like burglary, robbery or aggravated assault.
Generally, a Stand Your Ground statute eliminates the duty to retreat.
State Stand Your Ground laws drew national attention and scrutiny following the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida in 2012.
Michael Band, a criminal defense lawyer and former prosecutor explained the Stand Your Ground law this way to The New York Times: "Whether there was a shotgun is not nearly as important under the law as whether Mr.
Florida was the first state to adopt a stand your ground law in 2005 in response to the inevitable looting that follows hurricanes and other natural disasters.
It doesn't matter what level you're at, you have got to stand your ground and fight your corner, especially if you are a woman.
If your bud freaks when you lay, the "honesty is the best policy" deal on her, stand your ground.
Chef Antony Worral-Thompson said: 'You didn't stand your ground long enough.
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The likes of BeyoncA[c], Jay Z and even Oprah have been seen rallying for the teen and what they see as an injustice due in large to the Stand Your Ground Law In Florida.
Agitators are using the Martin shooting to push for the repeal of state Stand Your Ground and Castle Doctrine laws, "When Rosa Parks was arrested, if we had focused on the bus driver and not on the states' rights law, we would have missed the point," lectured Jesse Jackson, "We must not just settle for Zimmerman, we must repeal the Stand Your Ground law.
You may stand your ground and defend yourself or another against a real threat of violence.