to hold your ground




Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - hold your ground

"to hold your ground"

to refuse to change your opinion or concede an argument

 

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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - hold your ground

"to hold your ground"

to maintain your position against an attack

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - hold your ground

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Absolutely not. There is no way that I can agree to those changes. It will result in failure.

Colleague 2:  But it is what management wants.

Colleague 1:  I have been working on this for over a year now. I know what is right and that is that.

Colleague 2:  I appreciate you holding your ground but it could cost you your job.

Colleague 1:  Then so be it. I refuse to change my position on this.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - hold your ground

An army captain is addressing his troops ...

Captain:  OK boys. This is going to be a decisive battle. The enemy is going to attack with force.

Soldier:  What should we do?

Captain:  We absolutely need to hold our ground. We cannot retreat. We must defend this position no matter what. If we allow the enemy beyond this position, then all will be lost.

Soldier:  Yes, sir.





to hold your ground - Usage:

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to hold your ground - Gerund Form:

Holding her ground, she refused to admit that she was responsible.



to hold your ground - Examples:

1)  If you hold your ground and insist on what the laws and the policy state are your right, eventually ...

2)  ... a doormat and let them walk all over you. Hold your ground. Be firm and be in control. 

3)  Tell them how you feel and hold your ground. Stand up for yourself and they'll not only respect you more, but ...

4)  ... if you are calm about it, she will rain hell if you hold your ground and argue with her. There's no winning here.

5)  ... there are facts to back your case, surely it makes sense to hold your ground rather than beat a retreat when things get tough.

6)  ... held his ground despite being mocked and threatened for going against what was considered the modus operandi.

7)  He was so strong-willed and principled. He always held his ground and did not follow the crowd.

8)  He managed to remain humble as he held his ground defending his views, she attested.

9)  However, the finance minister held his ground and, eventually, the bill was passed with a few amendments.

10)  ... says that her father has always held his ground against "workplace bullies" who attempt to take advantage of him.

11)  ... being tussled around and even though they looked ready to snap, they held their ground and didn't break.

12)  It was a stunning moment as the women bravely held their ground, trying to get the police to stop shooting at students.

13)  And some people held their ground. And that's when it became very un-peaceful.

14)  Few among the protesters didn't relent. They held their ground firm. Some of these protesters were later picked up.

15)  ... were required as an obligation to disclose more details. Every single premise held their ground to abide to their companies' procedure, not willing to reveal more information.

16)  I prefer to hold my ground. I do stand up for my rights and other people's rights.

17)  I will continue to hold my ground, I will not be intimidated.

18)  I'll hold my ground even if he is president. I won't tolerate any wrongdoing.

19)  ... reached out to a friend, I got help, I decided to hold my ground and fight it.

20)  I have to hold my ground. I'm not running anywhere.