[often in imperative] Military Stand ready for an attack, especially one before dawn or after dark.
- 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.
1The state of readiness for action or attack.
- 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.
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