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stand to1

[often in imperative] Military Stand ready for an attack, especially one before dawn or after dark.
Example sentences
  • Ordered to ‘stand-to!’ just before dawn, the men would be assigned to stand on the fire step dug into the wall of the trench.
  • All British battalions in the front line of 28th Division were ordered to ‘stand to’.
  • The defenders were ordered to stand to.
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Syllabification: stand-to

noun

Military
1The state of readiness for action or attack.
Example sentences
  • Complying with established stand-to times, support platoon members begin to prepare.
  • In response to the emerging threat, soldiers went on stand-to from 0200 until 0500 hours.
  • They adopted their stand-to positions in slit trenches and machine gun pits.
1.1The formal start to a day of military operations.
Example sentences
  • Most infantrymen are accustomed to the traditional stand-to an hour before and after sunrise.
  • We had one 20 minute break for quiet time at stand-to - then kept going into the night - it was a lot slower and a bit more dangerous.

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