stand pat

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v stand pat refuse to abandon one's opinion or belief
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Usage

In literature:

But the flag proposition is one I stand pat on.
"More Tish" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
He saw through it all, and now he would stand pat, and take nobody's bluff.
"Ted Strong in Montana" by Edward C. Taylor
And that's why I say, and I stand pat on it yet, that my gun outweighs all the law!
"Rimrock Jones" by Dane Coolidge
I'll stand pat on this proposition.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
Just then a Messenger from McCusick came in and showed Bob that by going Short and standing pat he was $1,800,000 to the Desirable.
"Ade's Fables" by George Ade
Pat Casey and Peter were standing together.
"The Three Admirals" by W.H.G. Kingston
In any event, in nine cases out of ten, "standing pat" is his best policy.
"Auction of To-day" by Milton C. Work
It's time for us to stand pat.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
I'm goin' to stand pat.
"The Promise" by James B. Hendryx
I wasn't going to stand much of that sort of talk from Pat Singleton.
"Our Casualty And Other Stories" by James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham
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In poetry:

Roumanians, and others,
Who now are standing pat
Will call the allies brothers
When lager beer goes flat.
"German Securities Fall" by Abner Cosens
The people's choice we may not be,
But what care we for that;
We've fixed it so that you and "me"
And Johnny can stand pat.
"Hiland-Buckingham" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
And if they should consult a clue,
The deed itself must furnish that;
That rolls are not the points of view,
The courts stand uniformly "pat."
"The Deed Vs. Assessment Rolls" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
My heart thrilled with pleasure so keen it was pain
As I patted my Salvator's soft silken mane;
And a sweet shiver shot from his hide to my hand
As we passed by the multitude down to the stand.
"How Salvator Won" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
He stands at the door of the church peeping in,
No troublesome beadle is near him;
The preacher is talking of sinners and sin,
And little Pat trembles to hear him;
A poor little fellow alone and forlorn,
Who never knew parent or duty,—
"Little Pat And The Parson" by Menella Bute Smedley

In news:

Bank of England stands pat despite recession.
We also give you the choice to vote for the Sox to stand pat and spend their money elsewhere.
Predators stand pat at deadline, put trust in youth for stretch run.
Niners stand pat at QB.
Clippers stand pat at trade deadline.
Dolan says Tribe won't stand pat this off-season.
Is it time to buy or time to stand pat .
Pat Thome did his homework to make sure he bought a smartphone that would be rugged and could stand up to the challenging and often dusty, dirty and wet conditions in barns and outdoors.
Make a move or stand pat.
Gov Pat Quinn's budget cuts that will force the closure of some prisons and other state facilities will stand.
Former Republican presidential candidate and TV evangelist Pat Robertson's has flipped on his stand on legalizing marijuana.
(l-r) David Brown, Director of Development, Fairview, stands with Pat Bowden, Niantic, in front of her new Honda Insight Hybrid.
Unlike in '06, Heat not standing Pat.
Pat Hudson gathers with a small group of Christian church leaders on a ridge overlooking a flattened mountain that was once higher than where they stand.
Long before Pat Summit and the University of Tennessee or Geno Auriemma and UCONN ruled the ranks of women's college basketball, there was another team at the top of the standings.
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