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 The Cowboys haven’t made a lot of moves on the offensive side of the ball this offseason, opting to largely stand pat on the unit from last year, which makes sense given the sheer talent Dallas boasts on every offensive group. John Owning, Dallas News, 31 May 2021 The effort paid off: 75 people replied with two days, Caddigan said, and the district, which had begun discussions about hiking its $11.25 hourly pay rate, decided to stand pat. John Keilman,, 15 May 2021 General manager Bill Armstrong is now in the position of deciding whether to unload players via trade for prospects or draft picks in return, or to stand pat and see if this group can get into the top four of the division and make the playoffs. Jose M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 31 Mar. 2021 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, 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,, 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,, 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, 14 Mar. 2021 Coach Wayne Tinkle didn’t bring in all these transfers and newcomers to stand pat. oregonlive, 24 Nov. 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 19 Jun. 2021.

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