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take a stand

Adopt a firm position about an issue, as in She was more than willing to take a stand on abortion rights. This idiom alludes to the military sense of stand, “hold one's ground against an enemy.” [Mid-1800s] Also see make a stand.

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Related Words for take a stand

contend, urge, reiterate, repeat, request, maintain, assert, vow, demand, press, hold, prevent, deny, face, defy, disagree, attack, fight, resist, protest