Examples of standpat in a Sentence
the standpat chefs were having none of this low-calorie stuff that the food police were pushing
First Known Use of standpat
Synonymsarchconservative, brassbound, button-down (or buttoned-down), die-hard, hidebound, mossbacked, old-fashioned, old-line, old-school, orthodox, paleoconservative, reactionary, conservative, traditional, traditionalistic, ultraconservative, unprogressive
Antonymsbroad-minded, large-minded, liberal, nonconservative, nonconventional, nonorthodox, nontraditional, open-minded, progressive, unconventional, unorthodox
Related Wordsconventional, square; devoted, faithful, loyal, staunch (also stanch), steadfast, steady, true, true-blue; blimpish, neoconservative, Tory, ultraright, ultrarightist; dowdy, fogyish (or fogeyish), fuddy-duddy, ossified, set, stodgy; right, right-wing; antiliberal, antimodern, antiprogressive, antireform, antirevolutionary
Near Antonymsanticonventional, antiestablishment, antitraditional, extremist, radical, revolutionary; nonconformist; advanced, contemporary, modern; lefty, radical, ultraleft, ultraleftist, ultraprogressive, ultraradical
Recent Examples of stand pat from the Web
The Dodgers were a comfortable 14 games up in the N.L. West at the end of July but did not stand pat, bolstering their relief by landing Cingrani from the Reds and Watson from the Pirates.
Or will the defense be able to stand pat in one of their biggest challenges of the season.
While the Bucks stood pat, numerous stars, including Paul George, Jimmy Butler, Carmelo Anthony and Paul Millsap, moved from their Eastern Conference squads to ones in the West.
Certainly not GM Jerry Reese, who chose to stand pat this offseason with the same offensive line that was a weakness last year.
The Vols have lost three more games since, but AD John Currie has stood pat.
If his numbers stand pat, the award will likely go to a player from a playoff contender.
Republican tax plan unveiled, Trump trade gets resurrected, and the RBNZ stands pat.
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Did You Know?
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.
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