Definition of stand pat in English:

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stand pat

1Stick stubbornly to one’s opinion or decision: many ranchers stood pat with the old strains of cattle
More example sentences
  • The decision to stand pat highlights the lack of coordination between the BOJ and the government to pull the world's second-biggest economy out of recession.
  • Arizona, with a payroll already stretching the club's resources to a budget-busting level, opted to stand pat, which is not a bad decision.
  • The Bruins opted to stand pat on their coach and shuffle players like so many playing cards.
1.1(In poker and blackjack) retain one’s hand as dealt, without drawing other cards.
Example sentences
  • The Capraesque ‘normal’ person stands pat with his neighborhood investment club while the financiers of Manhattan, driven by imaginary fears and wild superstitions, panic and flee.
  • Eleven of his 14 picks are in the final four rounds, so it's unlikely Wolf will be able to move up more than a position or two in the first round - so he'll likely stand pat at the 14th pick and take the best defensive end.
  • Likewise, if your No.2 wideout is set to face tough defenses in three consecutive weeks, don't stand pat and take that kind of scoring hit.
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