take a firm stand


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v take a firm stand be emphatic or resolute and refuse to budge "I must insist!"
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In literature:

We don't take a very firm stand upon doctrine; we are practical, rather.
"Roderick Hudson" by Henry James
It was the natural course for her aunt to take, and a course in opposition to which Nina was prepared to stand her ground firmly.
"Nina Balatka" by Anthony Trollope
This State should take a firm, deliberate, and dignified stand, and one which it will not retract.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by James D. Richardson
Whenever any Friend of the Firm showed up, Mr. Byrd was called upon to take charge of him and Entertain him to a Stand-Still.
"More Fables" by George Ade
That is a bad, anti-national principle, and I hope the Unionist Party will take a firm stand against it.
"Constructive Imperialism" by Viscount Milner
The firm shall stand us a little dinner this evening, which we will take together.
"The Lighted Way" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Here, then, you must take a firm and watchful stand.
"The Power of Womanhood, or Mothers and Sons" by Ellice Hopkins
It takes courage for a young man to stand firmly erect while others are bowing and fawning for praise and power.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
She does not take a step forward until she is sure of her ground, but then she stands firm.
"On the Firing Line in Education" by Adoniram Judson Ladd
And I was quite willing to saddle my daughter with it; it was like taking a firm stand for my ideas.
"The Heart of Arethusa" by Francis Barton Fox

In poetry:

All dangers mostly end by
Strong opposition;
Then take a noble stand, and
A firm position.
"The Crisis" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
But where firm bodies thy free course oppose,
Gently thy source the land o'erflows,
Takes there possession, and does make
Of colors mingled, light, a thick and standing lake.
"Hymn. To Light" by Abraham Cowley
"He shrunk, would have slipp'd, but one grasp of my hand,
Held him firm till the engine was brought to a stand,
Then I heard from behind a shriek take to the air,
And I knew that the voice of a mother was there.
"Nottman" by Alexander Anderson