Definition of stand one's ground in English:

stand one's ground


  • 1Not retreat or lose one's advantage in the face of opposition.

    ‘you will be able to hold your ground and resist the enemy's attack’
    ‘I'm proud of standing my ground on many issues’
    • ‘Maybe if I had bitten my lip at 18 and not stood my ground, things could have worked out differently.’
    • ‘I had to at least hold my ground, or lose all semblance of competency.’
    • ‘With dogs, I have always stood my ground and was trying to do the equivalent with the goose.’
    • ‘But they did manage to hold their ground on the key issue of keeping those jobs at home.’
    • ‘We held our ground for close to an hour, but eventually their sheer numbers caused us to retreat.’
    • ‘Shoulder to shoulder with any striker, he wants to make sure he will be able to hold his ground.’
    • ‘The fact that I stood my ground and looked him straight in the eyes reflected his fear back to him.’
    • ‘He held his ground and removed his glasses to wipe off the dirt, pondering his next move.’
    • ‘Everybody else has retreated but we have to hold our ground.’
    • ‘However, he held his ground and concluded his defense with the immortal words ‘Here I stand.’’
    stand firm, be firm, make a stand, be resolute, insist, be determined, show determination, hold on, hold out, be emphatic, not take no for an answer, brook no refusal
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  • 2stand your groundUS Law
    Denoting a law or legal principle that permits a person to use deadly force in self-defence without first trying to retreat.

    • ‘He is in fact claiming self defense under the Stand Your Ground law.’
    • ‘Representatives are receiving calls, letters, visits and emails from constituents with diverse opinions on "Stand Your Ground.’
    • ‘This panel discussion on Stand Your Ground examines whether this law is a justifiable explanation for self-defense or a license to kill innocent people.’
    • ‘He was grateful the president also advocated taking a closer look at the message sent by "stand your ground laws."’
    • ‘Some twenty-seven states have Stand Your Ground laws involving justifiable homicide when attacked.’
    • ‘The trial led to nationwide debate about "stand your ground" laws enacted in several states.’