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.


Nearby words

  1. take a powder,
  2. take a rain check,
  3. take a shellacking,
  4. take a shine to,
  5. take a spill,
  6. take a turn for the better,
  7. take a walk,
  8. take a whack at,
  9. take aback,
  10. take account of

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