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stand back

Definition of stand back in English:

Withdraw from a situation emotionally in order to view it more objectively.
Example sentences
  • It is time to stand back from a situation that has gained acceptability through long familiarity and reappraise it objectively.
  • Only by standing back and viewing the evidence as a whole can one properly reach a conclusion.
  • He's also able to stand back and be objective and will always challenge me if he thinks something is not quite right.
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