hold (one's) ground

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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
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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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References in classic literature ?
I was often tempted to turn tail, but held my ground for all that, and got some profit of my lessons; if it was but to stand on guard with an assured countenance, which is often all that is required.
Had I not held my ground and pressed for the scores to be considered and the observations discussed, the Minister's misuse of his power would have continued unchallenged.