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stand firm

To remain determined, stalwart, and unyielding, as in one's position or opinion. Though it may be hard, we must stand firm in our pledge to environmental reform.
See also: firm, stand

stand ˈfast/ˈfirm

refuse to move back; refuse to change your opinions or behaviour: The management have stood firm against demands for a pay increase. OPPOSITE: shift your ground
Fast here means ‘firmly fixed’.
See also: fast, firm, stand
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We are delighted to be able to inform the reader, that during the whole of this scene, Gringoire and his piece had stood firm. His actors, spurred on by him, had not ceased to spout his comedy, and he had not ceased to listen to it.
Half the blacks ran away like rabbits; the remainder, greatly outnumbering Trent and his party, stood firm. In a moment it was hand-to-hand fighting, and Trent was cursing already the bravado which had brought him out to the open.
The watchers rose to their feet, but stood firm, prepared for whatever might ensue.
"This Chair had stood firm when the thrones of kings were overturned!" thought Laurence.
Amidst the crashing of the middle men, the small business men and manufacturers, the trusts stood firm. Nay, the trusts did more than stand firm.
The horse had stopped short, and stood firm as a rock.
On this, as he passed, he gave Ulysses a kick on the hip out of pure wantonness, but Ulysses stood firm, and did not budge from the path.
Ulysses stood firm as a rock and the blow did not even stagger him, but he shook his head in silence as he brooded on his revenge.
At the end of the second day the village talk was to the effect that Injun Joe's evidence stood firm and unshaken, and that there was not the slightest ques- tion as to what the jury's verdict would be.
In the tumult of her soul, that stood firm. Cecil believed in her; she must some day believe in herself.
Nkana started the game on the front foot as they mounted pressure on the Porcupine Warriors, who stood firm in defence in the early stages.
Talking to the family members, he said, 'Bilour family has stood firm in war against terrorism with great sacrifices during national effort.
The Indian market also stood firm on strong demand from China.
According to the statement, the bank's total assets stood firm at Dh12.55 billion as at June 30, 2014 while customer deposits amounted to Dh7.38 billion.
| Its surroundings have changed somewhat in the past 100 years but the Preaching Cross in Llandaff has stood firm. The cross, pictured above in 1910, is where, according to tradition, Archbishop Baldwin of Canterbury preached in support of the Third Crusade on his journey through Wales in 1188.