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take a firm stand

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v take a firm stand be emphatic or resolute and refuse to budge "I must insist!"
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Usage

In literature:

We don't take a very firm stand upon doctrine; we are practical, rather.
"Roderick Hudson" by Henry James
It was the natural course for her aunt to take, and a course in opposition to which Nina was prepared to stand her ground firmly.
"Nina Balatka" by Anthony Trollope
This State should take a firm, deliberate, and dignified stand, and one which it will not retract.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by James D. Richardson
Whenever any Friend of the Firm showed up, Mr. Byrd was called upon to take charge of him and Entertain him to a Stand-Still.
"More Fables" by George Ade
That is a bad, anti-national principle, and I hope the Unionist Party will take a firm stand against it.
"Constructive Imperialism" by Viscount Milner
The firm shall stand us a little dinner this evening, which we will take together.
"The Lighted Way" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Here, then, you must take a firm and watchful stand.
"The Power of Womanhood, or Mothers and Sons" by Ellice Hopkins
It takes courage for a young man to stand firmly erect while others are bowing and fawning for praise and power.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
She does not take a step forward until she is sure of her ground, but then she stands firm.
"On the Firing Line in Education" by Adoniram Judson Ladd
And I was quite willing to saddle my daughter with it; it was like taking a firm stand for my ideas.
"The Heart of Arethusa" by Francis Barton Fox
But Pitt early resolved to take a firm stand on this subject.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
There was to be a meeting of the owners in a few weeks, and at this meeting he had determined to take a firm stand.
"That Lass O' Lowrie's" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
But against any perversive doctrine we must in all honesty take a firm stand.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
Whatever it costs us, let us be true Christians, and take a firm stand.
"Men of the Bible" by Dwight Moody
If I take a firm stand, it will be a lesson to them for life.
"A Boy Knight" by Martin J. (Martin Jerome) Scott
Peckover felt that if he did not take a firm stand at once he was lost.
"A Poached Peerage" by William Magnay
Lucky man, to be able to take so firm a stand!
"Capricious Caroline" by E. Maria Albanesi
This is a fixed foundation principle; and on this faith always takes its stand with firm decision.
"The Assembly of God" by C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh
Then there's wisdom in taking a firm stand upon a point or so.
"The Turnstile" by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
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In poetry:

All dangers mostly end by
Strong opposition;
Then take a noble stand, and
A firm position.
"The Crisis" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
But where firm bodies thy free course oppose,
Gently thy source the land o'erflows,
Takes there possession, and does make
Of colors mingled, light, a thick and standing lake.
"Hymn. To Light" by Abraham Cowley
"He shrunk, would have slipp'd, but one grasp of my hand,
Held him firm till the engine was brought to a stand,
Then I heard from behind a shriek take to the air,
And I knew that the voice of a mother was there.
"Nottman" by Alexander Anderson