stick to guns(redirected from stand by guns)
stick to (one's) guns
To remain determined, resolute, or steadfast in one's opinion, belief, or perspective; to refuse to be persuaded by someone else into believing or doing something one does not agree with. Alludes to a soldier remaining and firing their gun(s) at an enemy, even when the situation might be dangerous or hopeless. The prosecution is going to try to trip you up with your statement and your alibi, but so long as you stick to your guns, there's nothing to worry about. I really admire Jess for sticking to her guns during college, and not submitting to the peer pressure of those around her to drink or do drugs.
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stick to one's guns
Fig. to remain firm in one's convictions; to stand up for one's rights. (Fig. on a soldier remaining in place to fire a gun even when all appears to be lost.) I'll stick to my guns on this matter. I'm sure I'm right. Bob can be persuaded to do it our way. He probably won't stick to his guns on this point.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
stick to one's guns, to
To persist, to stand firm. Originally this term was (and in Britain still is) to stand to one’s guns and referred to a gunner’s obligation to remain at his post. By the mid-eighteenth century it was being used figuratively, as by James Boswell (Life of Johnson, 1791): “Mrs. Thrale stood to her gun with great courage in defense of amorous ditties.”
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