hold firm


: to refuse to change what one has been doing or believing
They are holding firm on their refusal to proceed.

Examples of hold firm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Still, if Senegal has provided an example of how democracies can hold firm and survive, the country’s next president now faces a test with yet wider international implications. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Mar. 2024 Will her marital pledge hold firm in the face of true love? Rob Tannenbaum, New York Times, 8 Mar. 2024 Yoon’s approval rating climbed to 39% in a weekly tracking poll released Friday from Gallup Korea, the highest since July last year, indicating broad support among the public for his stance to hold firm. Jon Herskovitz, Bloomberg.com, 3 Mar. 2024 The administration should also hold firm against inviting Ukraine to join NATO and instead prepare to equip the country to defend itself over the long run. Stephen Wertheim, Foreign Affairs, 14 Feb. 2024 The rubber grips hold firm to avoid slippage and the material is thin enough to actually hold the shape of the dish while preventing heat transfer to your skin. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 13 Nov. 2023 Many agents believe these rates will hold firm in 2024 or even dip down a bit. Kristine Gill, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Dec. 2023 In large part, his strategy has been to look for commonalities over differences and to hold firm on compromise, whether pressure is coming from the right or the left. Riley Robinson, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Nov. 2023 Assuming the same hard-line conservatives that demanded the rules be rewritten in the first place -- like how only one member can bring a vote to kick out a speaker -- hold firm, any changes will take bipartisan votes. Maryalice Parks, ABC News, 4 Oct. 2023

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“Hold firm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hold%20firm. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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