stand (one's) ground

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stand (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 stood their ground. Despite the guy's size, I managed to stand 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 stood her ground and explained it in greater detail. He kept offering me less money, but I stood my ground and got the full asking price.
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stand your ground

A phrase referring, in the United States, to a law that allows one to use force that would otherwise be illegal against a person that they perceive as posing an immediate threat of serious bodily harm. The name comes from the idea that one can "stand one's ground" rather than retreat. The shooter's state has a stand your ground law, so it's unlikely he'll face any charges, even though the man he shot was unarmed. It's still too early to tell whether the prosecutor will consider this a case of "stand your ground."
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stand one's ground

 and hold one's ground
to stand up for one's rights; to resist an attack. The lawyer tried to confuse me when I was giving testimony, but I managed to stand my ground. some people were trying to crowd us out of the line for tickets, but we held our ground.
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stand one's ground

Also, hold one's ground; stand fast. Be firm or unyielding, as in You've got to respect him for standing his ground when all the others disagree, or I'm going to hold my ground on this issue, or No matter how he votes, I'm standing fast. This idiom, dating from the early 1600s, originally was applied to an army holding its territory against the enemy, but was being used figuratively as well by the end of the 1600s.
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stand (one's) ground

1. To maintain one's position against an attack.
2. To refuse to compromise; be unyielding.
See also: ground, stand
References in classic literature ?
All he can do is to inform his captain of what is going on so that he may try to remedy it by a counter-mine, and then stand his ground in fear and expectation of the moment when he will fly up to the clouds without wings and descend into the deep against his will.
Then did Christian begin to be afraid and to cast in his mind whether to go back or to stand his ground.
95) However, "[r]etreat is not always obligatory, even to avoid killing; for, if attack be made with deadly weapons, or with murderous or felonious intent, the assailed may stand his ground, and, if need be, kill his assailant .
In these instances, the common law has always recognized the inalienable right of the individual to stand his ground and defend his life when the civil government cannot--or will not--timely intervene.
23, 2014) (explaining that a person can stand his ground instead of retreating).
from prosecution under both his right to stand his ground in a place he
be, he had no duty to retreat and had the right to stand his ground and
Meanwhile, Australian pacer Peter Siddle has spoken out in support of Broad over his decision to stand his ground.
Public opinion even held that deputy constable O'Malley had been overly aggressive, as Center had done nothing more than stand his ground and defend himself.
Moreover, Justice George Mcllvaine, writing for the court, declared that a true man was free to stand his ground against any assailant, regardless of consequences.
Both state supreme-court decisions declared not only that there was no duty to retreat but that a real man would stand his ground.
State (1909) the Wisconsin Supreme Court echoed Jaggards view, saying the duty to retreat was an English doctrine and obsolete, and that self-defense was a "divine right," and a man was entitled to stand his ground.
Bawa said: 'Clydesdale were out of order in laying hands on Asad, who was entitle to stand his ground until he was given out.
When the miners elect to strike, Pat must decide whether to stand his ground and make a difference or succumb to a lire chat is no lire at ail.