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

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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MANILA, Philippines IM Oliver Dimakiling continued to hold his ground against the fancied bets, forcing top seed Grandmaster Karen Grigoryan of Armenia to a draw and staying half a point off the pace after five rounds of the fourth Johor International Chess Open in Johor, Malaysia Wednesday.
Some Anglican leaders have suggested that the Archbishop of Canterbury should hold his ground on the Lambeth Conference and not be swayed by provinces and churches opposed to homosexuality, who have argued that the Anglican Church of Canada and the Episcopal Church in the United States of America (ECUSA) should not be invited unless they "truly repent.
Granted that some of the criticism is silly; and one appreciates that Evans had no alternative but to hold his ground in the face of unyielding and wayward attacks by Peter Ghosh (pp.