All good leaders hate letting people go, but it's perilous to stand pat today.
They may stand pat on it, but their standing will drop badly.
Meanwhile ex-President Sherman and his followers had decided to stand pat—but not on the floor of the convention.
When will you ever let me stand pat and get things settled for good and all?
Its final answer to the demands for redress was to stand pat.
An' all that's left us is to stand pat, an' wait for the finish!
The 'ins' stand pat, but the 'outs' have always got a revolution up their sleeves.
Should he stand pat on his straight or discard the heart and draw to his straight flush?
You leave that to me and don't you give him any more money; stand pat the next time he approaches you.
Especially as all they have to do is to stand pat on the record.
c.1400, "a blow, stroke," perhaps originally imitative of the sound of patting. Meaning "light tap with hand" is from c.1804. Sense of "that which is formed by patting" (as in pat of butter) is 1754, probably from the verb. Pat on the back in the figurative sense attested by 1804.
"aptly, suitably, at the right time," 1570s, perhaps from pat (adj.) in sense of "that which hits the mark," a special use from pat (n.) in sense of "a hitting" of the mark. The modern adjective is 1630s, from the adverb.
1560s, "to hit, throw;" meaning "to tap or strike lightly" is from 1714; from pat (n.). Related: Patted; patting. The nursery rhyme phrase pat-a-cake is known from 1823. Alternative patty-cake (usually American English) is attested from 1794 (in "Mother Goose's Melody, or Sonnets for the Cradle," Worcester, Mass.).
To apply the brakes of a car very hard: The guy on my right stood on his brakes (1970s+)