That is why it proposes holding off even modest restraint measures until the economy is on firmer ground.
The collection initiative was suspended, while the government looked for ways to place it on a firmer legal foundation.
The result was a firmer texture that somehow kept its shape, rather than liquefying.
And our global leadership is on firmer footing than many predicted.
I continue to believe that whenever we can codify something through legislation, it is on firmer ground.
I leaped in just as he came to the water; but my foot caught between two stones, and the more I pulled the firmer it stuck.
If art has no firmer foundation than that, if it is not eternal, then it is utterly useless.
From his study of the woven cloth, Robinson saw he must have a firmer thread than the strips of bark gave alone.
He will have acquired a firmer grasp of plant life as a whole.
They were to avoid swearing, yet whatever they said was to be firmer than an oath.
late 14c., from Old French ferm (12c.) "firm, strong, vigorous, steadfast; loyal, faithful," from Latin firmus "firm, strong, steadfast, enduring, stable," from PIE root *dher- "to hold, support" (cf. Sanskrit dharmah "custom, law," Greek thronos "seat," Lithuanian dirzmas "strong," Welsh dir "hard," Breton dir "steel"). The return in late 1500s to -i- from Middle English ferme was modeled on Latin. Related: Firmly; firmness.
"business house," 1744, from German Firma "a business, name of a business," originally "signature," from Italian firma "signature," from firmare "to sign," from Latin firmare "make firm, affirm," in Late Latin, "confirm (by signature)," from firmus "firm, stable" (see firm (adj.)).
c.1300, fermen "make firm, establish," from Old French fermer (12c.) or directly from Latin firmare, from firmus (see firm (adj.)). Related: Firmed; firming.