stick to your 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 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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He said : "It's been a satisfying run, on a personal level it's a relief because you have to stick to your guns."
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"Looking back, I would tell myself, 'Stick to your guns on not smiling in Twilight.
He's going to be upset however you do it, so you have to stick to your guns no matter how much he pleads with you.
We need car-free city centre streets, so please stick to your guns, Cardiff council.
"I don't much like it, but sometimes you just have to stick to your guns."
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Stick to your guns Doug, make it pounds 135 million or no deal.
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So stick to your guns and never allow anyone to browbeat you into doing anything, sexual or otherwise, about which you do not feel completely comfortable.