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stand (one's) ground

1. To brace oneself and maintain one's position during or when anticipating an attack. The other team's offense was incredibly aggressive, but our defense stood their ground. Despite the guy's size, I managed to stand my ground during the fight.
2. To refuse to yield, compromise, or be belittled; to stand up against an attack or insult. The boss scoffed at her idea initially, but she stood her ground and explained it in greater detail. He kept offering me less money, but I stood my ground and got the full asking price.
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stand your ground

A phrase referring, in the United States, to a law that allows one to use force that would otherwise be illegal against a person that they perceive as posing an immediate threat of serious bodily harm. The name comes from the idea that one can "stand one's ground" rather than retreat. The shooter's state has a stand your ground law, so it's unlikely he'll face any charges, even though the man he shot was unarmed. It's still too early to tell whether the prosecutor will consider this a case of "stand your ground."
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stand one's ground

 and hold one's ground
to stand up for one's rights; to resist an attack. The lawyer tried to confuse me when I was giving testimony, but I managed to stand my ground. some people were trying to crowd us out of the line for tickets, but we held our ground.
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stand one's ground

Also, hold one's ground; stand fast. Be firm or unyielding, as in You've got to respect him for standing his ground when all the others disagree, or I'm going to hold my ground on this issue, or No matter how he votes, I'm standing fast. This idiom, dating from the early 1600s, originally was applied to an army holding its territory against the enemy, but was being used figuratively as well by the end of the 1600s.
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stand (one's) ground

1. To maintain one's position against an attack.
2. To refuse to compromise; be unyielding.
See also: ground, stand
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Vilnius nevertheless stood ground and demanded an intermediate convergence report, which may go either way.
6 KYLE BARTLEY Stood ground well and remained solid throughout, not slipping up in dangerous conditions and ensuring Soldado stayed anonymous.
However, the same cell has cracked many high- profile terror cases and the investigations stood ground in courts of law as well." Has he a plan to deal with the spate of accidents that takes place across the Capital every day?
There are many who feel that Fatah has let the Palestinians down by being too soft, by ceding too much to the Israelis, when it could have stood ground. As for Hamas -- the other leading faction -- its Islamist and militant ideology inevitably pitted it against Fatah.
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