stand on your dignity

stand on (one's) dignity

1. To maintain one's dignity or propriety when faced with challenges. It's hard to stand on your dignity when you've lost all of your worldly possessions.
2. To demand better treatment than others are given. I can't believe he's trying to stand on his dignity and get us to call him "sir" when we all have more seniority than him.
See also: dignity, on, stand

stand on your dignity

insist on being treated with due respect.
See also: dignity, on, stand

ˌstand on your ˈdignity

(formal) say firmly that you wish to be treated with the respect that you deserve: The teacher stood on his dignity and insisted that the students be punished for being rude to him.
See also: dignity, on, stand