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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.
See also: ground, stand

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.
See also: ground, stand

hold/stand your ˈground

face a situation and refuse to run away: In spite of the enemy’s fierce attack, we stood our ground and eventually they had to retreat.After arguing about future policy for three hours, he was still standing his ground.
See also: ground, hold, stand

stand (one's) ground

1. To maintain one's position against an attack.
2. To refuse to compromise; be unyielding.
See also: ground, stand
References in classic literature ?
The one fled away; the other stood his ground and defended himself with his stout right hand.
Had Tarzan been famished he would, doubtless, have stood his ground and met the lion's charge.
Demby made no response, but stood his ground. The second and third calls were given with the same result.
But Noah stood his ground, though somewhat irresolutely, and Satan, to every one's surprise, danced and frisked about him with laughing eyes and wagging tail.
The latter stood his ground because he saw that the devil-god did not run, and because the black had the courage to face a certain and horrible death beside one who had quite evidently dared death for him.
He heard the apes all about him; he knew that escape was probably impossible, so he stood his ground, his spear ready in his hand and a war cry trembling on his lips.
But the executioner of Bekwando, who was a fetish man and holy, stood his ground and pointed his knife at Trent.
He stood his ground over by the windows until Hilda came in.
The Pulp Fiction director, 55, stood his ground and faced down two intruders he caught rifling through his home at night.
He urged every party member to gear up towards achieving Makarfi's presidential aspiration because he (Makarfi) over the years had stood his ground to ensure the unity of the party.
The 18-year-old Otico, a product of the Philippine Tennis Academy, stood his ground against veteran Patrick John Tierro to prevail, 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, in the men's final.
But Broad stood his ground then, stood his ground with Lehmann after the series and is standing his ground now, something Aussie opening batsman Rogers (above) agrees with.
"[F]or those who resist that idea that we should think about something like these 'Stand Your Ground' laws, I'd just ask people to consider, if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk?" Obama said recently.