Stick to your guns

“Aguantar vara / mantenerse firme / amachinarse

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  • Meaning

To stay firm and stick to your ideas and beliefs when confronted to opposition no matter how strong this could be.

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  • Origin

In the 1700´s, soldiers who were encharged of the guns or cannon posts were given the command to stay in their positions no matter how difficult or how hard the situation could be. A coward would run in the face of danger but a brave soldier would firmly stick to their guns even when being seiged by the enemy. Nowadays, remembering these heroic soldiers who would never run away and abandon their duties, anytime that we confront opposition to our believes, we have to scare our fears away and just stick to our guns.

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  • Example

-I am very nervous. Today, I have a meeting with our CEO to present our proposal for the new marketing campaign.

-What´s the problem? I know of the quality of your work and I am pretty sure you will propose something good for the company.

-Yes, but the proposal implies changing the logo of the company in order to give a more modern image to the world and…You know how the CEO is, so traditional, so…fair and square…

-Yes, I know what you mean, he always sticks to his guns! But you have to do the same, fight the fire with fire, stick to your own guns. Show your ideas with enthusiasm. Keep your chin up and I am pretty sure you will convince him.

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