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stand pat (on something)
to stick firmly to one's position or opinions. I am going to stand pat on this issue. I thought you would stand pat in the absence of new information.
Refuse to change one's position or opinion, as in We're going to stand pat on this amendment to the bylaws. This expression may be derived from the verb pat in the sense of "strike firmly and accurately." [Late 1800s]
stand patmainly AMERICAN
If someone stands pat, they refuse to change something or they refuse to change their mind about something. High interest rates are considered the cause of the problem, but the German Bundesbank today said it's standing pat. Head coach Tom Higgins is standing pat on his team and will go with the same 40 men he used last week. Note: In the game of poker, if a player stands pat, they are satisfied with the hand dealt to them and do not exchange any of their cards.
stand patstick stubbornly to your opinion or decision. chiefly North American
In the card games poker and blackjack, standing pat involves retaining your hand as dealt, without drawing other cards.
stand ˈpat(especially American English) refuse to change your mind about a decision you have made or an opinion you have: There has been a lot of controversy over the new proposals, but the government is standing pat. OPPOSITE: shift your ground
1. To oppose or resist change.
2. Games To play one's poker hand without drawing more cards.