One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the company was able to withstand the rigours of the recession’
resist, hold out against, stand firm against, hold one's ground against, stand one's ground against, bear up against, hold the line against, persevere in the face of, stand up to, fight, combat, grapple with, oppose, face, confront, defy, brave
weather, survive, live through, ride out, endure, take, cope with, stand, tolerate, bear, put up with
informal go the distance against
give in, surrender, yield
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