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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Lawrence Domingo had 12 points and 14 rebounds while import James Hughes tallied eight points and 15 boards apart from holding his ground against Singapore import Justin Howard who was held to 5-of-19 shooting.
Phillips, 21, is fuming that Saints are being blocked, while Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston is holding his ground amid threats of 'illegal approach' charges.
Now, as he faces off against an Administration known for protecting its fossil-fuel interests, Hansen is holding his ground. He has compared the censorship of science under Bush to the distortion of science under Stalin.
But the IMF is demanding that Honduras cuts the public sector wage bill as the quickest and most effective way to cut its hefty fiscal deficit, and Maduro says he is holding his ground;
He said: "Trimble is incapable of holding his ground. He is putty in Provo hands.