stick to (one's) guns

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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.
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stick to one's guns

Hold fast to a statement, opinion, or course of action, as in The witness stuck to her guns about the exact time she was there. This expression, originally put as stand to one's guns, alluded to a gunner remaining by his post. Its figurative use dates from the mid-1800s.
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stick to your guns

COMMON If you stick to your guns, you refuse to change your decision or opinion about something, even though other people are trying to tell you that you are wrong. Once you have decided what is and isn't acceptable, stick to your guns despite your child's protests. He should have stuck to his guns and refused to meet her. Note: The image here is of soldiers remaining in position, even though they are being attacked by the enemy.
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stick to your guns

refuse to compromise or change, despite criticism. informal
The image here is of a soldier maintaining his position under enemy fire.
1998 New Scientist Researchers have bravely stuck to their guns as they went about seeking public funds.
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stick to your ˈguns

(informal) refuse to change your actions, opinions, etc. in spite of criticism: If the government sticks to its guns we’ll get through this economic crisis.
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As important players in their own rights, the aspirants must realise that they cannot all stick to their guns and expect the party to move forward.
Parents should stick to their Guns THE parents of pupils attending Guns Village Primary School should stick to their guns and continue to refer to it as Guns Village school.
Let us hope Tory rebels stick to their guns and it's Cameron who ends up savaged.
It's just one example of how the couple have ended up embracing a design style that was foisted upon them and are prepared to stick to their guns, even if Kevin is horrified by some of their choices.
NNA - AN-NAHAR: Crime, chaos and raid on the day of postponed elections Sectarian-tribal strife threatens northern Bek Talks about announcing Bek region military zone Rai criticizes vigorously March 8 and 14 ASSAFIR: Security chaos in state of disruption "Blbek-Al-Q Ambush " shakes Bek security AL-MUSTAQBAL: Asd holds Nasrallah responsible of "execution of Hashem Salman" And calls for new demonstration in front of Iranian embassy Bek crime: New attempt to fuel strife between Arsal and isolated areas AL-AKHBAR: Constitutional Council session tomorrow without change in stances DAILY STAR: Tribal tensions soar after Blbek killings Salam resumes Cabinet bid as parties stick to their guns Hundreds of thousands rally for Erdogan amid protests A.A.M
Brady said: "If Tigers stick to their guns and want a transfer fee, that could put me out of a job."
Oxford survived an early blitz of five quick corners and continued to stick to their guns.
They didn't stick to their guns, to what they had been saying.
Last I heard, there was a whole lot of cursing and defying going on, but the appearance commissars seemed determined to stick to their guns. And that's a shame.