chiefly North American
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1Stick stubbornly to one’s opinion or decision: many ranchers stood pat with the old strains of cattle
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- 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.
2(In poker and blackjack) retain one’s hand as dealt, without drawing other cards.
- 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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