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[stand-fast, -fahst] /ˈstændˌfæst, -ˌfɑst/
a rigid or unyielding position.
Origin of standfast
First recorded in 1710-20; noun use of verb phrase stand fast Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for stand fast
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  • stand fast with the anchors in the waist, and be ready for a cast.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Then was the time for the tall spars to stand fast in the great uproar.

    The Mirror of the Sea Joseph Conrad
  • A voice on the poop said furiously in English, "stand fast, men."

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • stand fast, secure all, when a hawser has been sufficiently hauled.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Principles, like troops of the line, are undisturbed, and stand fast.

    Pearls of Thought Maturin M. Ballou
  • I wouldn't be fit to be a soldier if I didn't know how to stand fast.

  • stand fast if they come at you; no pistols, but use your cutlasses.

    Cutlass and Cudgel George Manville Fenn
  • But suppose they stand fast,” said Marcus, “instead of giving way?

    Marcus: the Young Centurion George Manville Fenn
  • It had probably stood many a storm, but would it stand fast now?

    Dick Cheveley W. H. G. Kingston
  • "stand fast in the doctrine," said the Elector of Saxony to his councillors.

Idioms and Phrases with stand fast

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