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


the standpat chefs were having none of this low-calorie stuff that the food police were pushing

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But the conference might very well stand pat with 11 football members. Ralph D. Russo,, "AAC isn’t looking to replace Huskies, keeping conference at 11 teams," 26 June 2019 On a night in which nine of the 30 first-round picks changed hands via trade, the Spurs stood pat and made their choices. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Spurs’ draft leads to teenage invasion," 21 June 2019 Brian Jacobsen, senior investment strategist at the multi-asset solutions team at Wells Fargo Asset Management, is outside the mainstream in saying that the Fed might stand pat. CBS News, "Why are stocks soaring while bonds signal gloom?," 21 June 2019 Brian Jacobsen, senior investment strategist at the multi-asset solutions team at Wells Fargo Asset Management, is outside the mainstream in saying that the Fed might stand pat. Washington Post, "Q&A: Why are stocks jumping when bond yields are cratering?," 20 June 2019 Should the team stay stand pat, the Westgate Las Vegas Super Book gives the Cavs 200-1 odds of winning it all next season., "Cavaliers’ odds of winning 2020 NBA Finals are abysmal," 17 June 2019 The Bank of Thailand had raised the benchmark rate in December, the first change since a cut in April 2015, but stood pat in March. ... Saurabh Chaturvedi, WSJ, "Bank of Thailand Keeps Benchmark Rate Unchanged at 1.75%," 8 May 2019 And, more important, the 2% yield on cash is now on par with the Fed's favorite measure of consumer inflation, which stood pat at 2% in April vs. a year ago. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "How to find best interest rates on CDs, savings accounts," 5 June 2018 TD Bank economist Brian DePratto said Friday’s jobs report doesn’t change his view that the central bank will stand pat during the first three months of 2019. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Canadian Job Growth Surged in November," 7 Dec. 2018

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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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