hold/stand one's ground

Definition of hold/stand one's ground

  1. :  to not change position when being attacked :  to not retreat The troops managed to hold their ground despite a fierce enemy attack. —often used figuratively The company has managed to hold its ground in the marketplace. The president has continued to stand his ground despite criticism.

Word by Word Definitions

holdplay
  1. :  to have possession or ownership of or have at one's disposal

    :  to have as a privilege or position of responsibility

    :  to have as a mark of distinction

  1. :  stronghold

    :  confinement, custody

    :  prison

  1. :  the interior of a ship below decks

    :  the cargo deck of a ship

    :  the cargo compartment of a plane

standplay
  1. :  to support oneself on the feet in an erect position

    :  to be a specified height when fully erect

    :  to rise to an erect position

  1. :  a halt for defense or resistance

    :  an often defensive effort of some duration or degree of success

    :  a stop made to give a performance

groundplay
  1. :  the bottom of a body of water

    :  sediment

    :  ground coffee beans after brewing

  1. :  to bring to or place on the ground

    :  to cause to run aground

    :  to provide a reason or justification for

  1. : past tense and past participle ofgrind


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