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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For a moment they held their ground, bristling and defiant; but only for a moment, and then slunk away to one side while the indifferent ape-man passed them on his lordly way.
He attempted to ride over those gray cloaks, but the gray cloaks held their ground and the marshal retired toward the Rue Saint Honore, leaving four of his guards dead on the field of battle.
For an instant they held their ground, hurling their spears once at the advancing multitude; but before they could fit arrows to their bows they wavered, gave, and turned in terrified rout.
A few stragglers held their ground ten minutes longer, but when the girl began to wring the true inwardness out of the "cries of the wounded," they struck their colors and retired in a kind of panic.
For a few moments the blacks held their ground within the entrance to the street, but the revolvers, rifles and cutlasses of the Frenchmen crumpled the native spearmen and struck down the black archers with their bows halfdrawn.
The Dyaks, encouraged by the presence of Muda Saffir in their rear, held their ground; and the infuriated, brainless things that followed the wielder of the bull whip threw themselves upon the head hunters with beating hands and rending fangs.
The apparel exporters said they had held their ground on the issue and demanded continuation of the facility for exporters.
The Army troops held their ground and engaged the suspected NPA members in a 30-minute firefight, which resulted to the death of Saliwan.
Stingers, which is comprised of youngsters, held their ground in a closely contested match on Sunday in a bid to improve their log standings as they went into the encounter in ninth position.
Lacking experience didn't stop the Filipino booters as they held their ground against powerhouse South Korea and higher-ranked China -- all this without the service of famed goal keeper Neil Etheridge who is currently playing for Cardiff City in the Premier League.
There were five breaks of serves each in both the first and the second set but the Indo-Zimbabwean pair held their ground to win with a slight advantage.
DUBAI and Abu Dhabi have held their ground in an annual worldwide study that looks at how comfortable places are to live in.
NNA - 13/03/2011 Vice Speaker Fareed Makary addressed the masses at Freedom Square Sunday with a salute for those who faced the threat of arms and held their ground for the dream of an independent strong state.
They held their ground during four years of intense fighting with the Taliban, refusing to be beaten.
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