hold (one's) ground

(redirected from hold their ground)

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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
See also:
References in periodicals archive ?
These reinforcements should provide a much-needed boost to the militants that are struggling to hold their ground around the strategic city of Khan Sheikhoun in the southern part of the Idlib Governorate.
Both sides hold their ground, zero-rated regime to end in upcoming budget
Kaya pala nila, they can hold their ground and get it done in the end.
Ben Stokes joined Bell in the middle and the two managed to hold their ground and were successful in keeping the scoreboard ticking.
Former miners' union leader Scargill recently visited Daw Mill urge workers at the pit to hold their ground and fight for their rights.
He chose the latter and there was jostling and interference on his inside as a result, but there were other jockeys trying to make the same decision closer to the rail and they elected to hold their ground as well, which definitely contributed to the incident.
Don McDougall, director of advisory services at RBC Dexia, said, 'After an encouraging four successful quarters of positive returns, it was difficult for Canadian pension plans to hold their ground in the second quarter.'
While last summer saw a glut of low-balling summer boarders, the Corcoran Group's Susan Breitenbach told the New York Post that the market is "100 percent better than last year." While rental rates still haven't rebounded to the boom days, Breitenbach said that property owners are more likely to hold their ground and make fewer concessions, which is making some in the region hopeful for a comeback.
However, a few institutions managed to hold their ground. Over the decade, 81% kept their faith in religious institutions, while trust in the SABC consistently exceeded 70% between 2003 and 2007.
But advanced YAs will hold their ground, people interested in the world we live in will be fascinated, and teachers of science will want to think about adding it to their curricula.
13 Nature, Morwood and his colleagues hold their ground.
In Florida, which was pummeled by four hurricanes in six weeks this year, several different strategies have enabled most insurers to hold their ground. "We've lost only one company to rehabilitation, and we've seen only one company limit the issuance of new policies," said Guy Marvin, president of the Florida Insurance Council.
Dual Oaks heroine Ouija Board, Marcus Tregoning's multiple Group-race winner Mubtaker and the John Oxx-trained Azamour, who landed the Irish version of the race earlier in the month are other top-class animals who hold their ground.
The policemen managed to hold their ground, killing five suspected rebels, and an equal number of policemen were injured in the attack.
Nature therefore codes all animals to hold their ground when right, and to slink away when wrong.