stand·​pat | \ ˈstan(d)-ˈpat How to pronounce standpat (audio) \

Definition of standpat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: stubbornly conservative : resisting or opposing change

stand pat

stood pat; standing pat; stands pat

Definition of stand pat (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to play one's hand as dealt in draw poker without drawing
2 : to oppose or resist change

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Other Words from standpat


standpatter \ ˈstan(d)-​ˌpa-​tər How to pronounce stand pat (audio) , -​ˈpa-​tər \ noun
standpattism \ ˈstan(d)-​ˌpa-​ˌti-​zəm How to pronounce stand pat (audio) \ noun

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If you stand pat in draw poker you're betting on the cards in your hand being better than any you're likely to draw. It didn't take long for stand pat to move from the poker table, where it first appeared in the late 1800s, to the realm of politics; by the early 20th century, to stand pat was to oppose any change in U.S. tariff policy. The term continues to be used mainly in U.S. English, where it's applied to everything from a coach's decision not to change out players during a game to a homeowner's decision not to refinance. The nouns standpatter ("one who resists or opposes change") and standpattism ("resistance to change" or "reluctance to take positive action") are also used, although generally only in political contexts.

Examples of standpat in a Sentence

Adjective the standpat chefs were having none of this low-calorie stuff that the food police were pushing
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb About an hour before first pitch, the Angels did reinstate Lagares but decided to option him to Triple-A, electing to instead stand pat with their current 26-man active roster. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "Andrew Heaney’s heater is hit hard: Observations from Angels’ loss at Seattle," 30 Apr. 2021 With two first-round picks and glaring holes on offense and defense, the Ravens have the draft capital to move up, stand pat, or trade back Thursday and acquire still more selections. Jonas Shaffer,, "Dueling Ravens mock drafts: How do you use nine picks? Take a tackle first, then figure the rest out later.," 29 Apr. 2021 But the Panthers may be in position to stand pat and pick the next quarterback off the board, especially knowing other quarterback-needy teams pick much later in the first round ― where Miami does not want to be. Safid Deen,, "Dolphins Q&A: Could Chris Grier, Brian Flores trade down — again — in the 2021 NFL draft?," 30 Mar. 2021 The Bank of England is likely to stand pat this week as policy makers gauge the pace of economic recovery and the outlook for inflation. Wsj Staff, WSJ, "Economy Week Ahead: Central Banks, Retail Sales, Industrial Production," 14 Mar. 2021 Coach Wayne Tinkle didn’t bring in all these transfers and newcomers to stand pat. oregonlive, "Oregon State mailbag: Basketball starting lineup, Chance Nolan sighting, why aren’t the Beavers throwing more to tight end?," 24 Nov. 2020 On Monday, they were scheduled to decide whether to continue to raise production or stand pat. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "Saudis, Russia at Odds Over Boosting Oil Output Amid Covid-19 Pandemic," 4 Jan. 2021 The Rebels stand pat at No. 2 following a 66-54 win over Hewitt-Trussville and a 62-59 win over James Clemens. Ben Thomas |, al, "Boys Basketball Power 10: Hartselle makes big jump following win over Huffman," 25 Jan. 2021 Pursuing free agents is too, but Phoenix may just stand pat under Monty Williams after having nine new players to start his first year as head coach. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "Standing pat: What if Phoenix Suns decide to stick with the players they have?," 22 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of standpat


1904, in the meaning defined above


1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for standpat


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“Standpat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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