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
Top targets: With its needs filled at running back, Auburn will likely stand pat ahead of National Signing Day.
Mark Carney's Bank of England stood pat after its November hike; likewise, the Swiss National Bank maintained its deposit rate at -0.75 percent.
The Yankees already have pulled further ahead of the Orioles and the Boston Red Sox aren’t going to stand pat after winning the the division last season.
Other sources say that besides Kobalt, bids from other strategic players ranged from less than $100 million to $120 million in the first round; some of those bidders stood pat, some dropped out and others raised their bids in the second round.
There’s the outline of a trade here—if only both teams didn’t have just enough motivation to stand pat.
Running backs General manager Bob Quinn watched his top two running backs suffer season-ending injuries last year, yet had enough faith in both players to stand pat at the position this fall.
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.
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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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