[ stand-pat ]
/ ˈstændˌpæt /
characterized by refusing to consider or accept change.
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Origin of standpat
First recorded in 1900–05; noun, adj. use of verb phrase stand pat
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British Dictionary definitions for standpat
poker to refuse the right to change any of one's cards; keep one's hand unchanged
to resist change or remain unchanged
Derived forms of stand patstandpatter, noun
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Idioms and Phrases with standpat
Refuse to change one's position or opinion, as in We're going to stand pat on this amendment to the bylaws. This expression may be derived from the verb pat in the sense of “strike firmly and accurately.” [Late 1800s]
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