Definition of stand off in English:

stand off

  • 1Move or keep away: the women stood off at a slight distance
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    • Unbeknownst to everyone else, a man in an impeccable suit stood off in the shadows, not moving a muscle.
    • During this process, the safety observer stood off to the side.
    • Jessica and I stood off to the side, eager to get under way.
  • 2 Nautical Sail further away from the shore: the ship was standing off on the landward side
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    • Recognizing it to be a naval auxiliary, the Shackleton stood off.
    • Before that time steamers often had to stand off in busy times until it was their turn to be unloaded.
    • The boat edged in, standing off sufficiently to avoid boats, people and rocks.
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