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Jul 11, 2013
This week's theme
Words from poker

This week's words
poker-faced
four-flush
penny-ante
standpat
blue chip

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standpat

PRONUNCIATION:
(STAND-pat)

MEANING:
adjective: Refusing to consider change in one's beliefs and opinions, especially in politics.
noun: One who refuses to consider change.

ETYMOLOGY:
In a game of poker, to stand pat is to play one's hand as dealt, without drawing other cards. From pat (apt). Earliest documented use: 1910.

USAGE:
"This activism, rather than Mr Harper's standpat response, resonates with the average Canadian, says Nik Nanos, a pollster."
Please Have the Decency to Panic; The Economist (London, UK); Oct 11, 2008.

See more usage examples of standpat in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Nothing so soothes our vanity as a display of greater vanity in others; it makes us vain, in fact, of our modesty. -Louis Kronenberger, writer (1904-1980)

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