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stand-to US English

The state of readiness for action or attack

stand US English

Have or maintain an upright position, supported by one’s feet

stand to in stand US English

Stand ready for an attack, especially one before dawn or after dark

stand to US English

Stand ready for an attack, especially one before dawn or after dark

stand pat in pat2 US English

Stick stubbornly to one’s opinion or decision

stand by in stand US English

Be present while something bad is happening but fail to take any action to stop it

stand for in stand US English

Be an abbreviation of or symbol for

stand off in stand US English

Move or keep away

stand on in stand US English

Be scrupulous in the observance of

stand out in stand US English

Project from a surface

stand up in stand US English

(Of an argument, claim, evidence, etc.) remain valid after close scrutiny or analysis

stand up to in stand US English

Make a spirited defense against

stand up to US English

Make a spirited defense against

go bail in bail1 US English

Act as surety for an accused person

keep guard in guard US English

Act as a guard

stand trial in stand US English

Be tried in a court of law

stand alone in stand US English

Be unequaled

stand aside in stand US English

Take no action to prevent, or not involve oneself in, something that is happening

stand back in stand US English

Withdraw from a situation emotionally in order to view it more objectively

stand down in stand US English

Withdraw or resign from a position or office

stand over in stand US English

Stand close to (someone) so as to watch, supervise, or intimidate them

stand at bay in bay5 US English

Turn to face one’s pursuers

stand sentinel in sentinel US English

(Of a soldier) keep watch

stand sentry in sentry US English

Keep guard or control access to a place

stand someone off in stand US English

Keep someone away: repel someone

stand someone up in stand US English

Fail to keep an appointment with a boyfriend or girlfriend

stand up for in stand US English

Speak or act in support of

bear comparison in comparison US English

Be of sufficient quality to be likened favorably to someone or something of the same kind

stand a chance in chance US English

Have a prospect of success or survival

hold one's ground in ground1 US English

Not retreat or lose one’s advantage during a conflict or competition

stand one's ground in stand US English

Maintain one’s position, typically in the face of opposition

take the stand in take US English

Testify at a trial

stand on ceremony in ceremony US English

Insist on the observance of formalities

stand out a mile in mile US English

Be very obvious or incongruous

stand on one's dignity in dignity US English

Insist on being treated with due respect

stand on one's own feet in stand US English

Be or become self-reliant or independent

stand up and be counted in stand US English

State publicly one’s support for someone or something

stand the test of time in test1 US English

Last or remain popular for a long time

stand someone in good stead in stead US English

Be advantageous or useful to someone over time or in the future

not have a leg to stand on in leg US English

Have no facts or sound reasons to support one’s argument or justify one’s actions

not have a leg to stand on US English

Have no facts or sound reasons to support one’s argument or justify one’s actions

attention US English

A position assumed by a soldier, standing very straight with the heels together and the arms straight down the sides of the body

a house divided cannot stand in house US English

A group or organization weakened by internal dissensions will be unable to withstand external pressures

stand out like a sore thumb in sore US English

Be obviously different from the surrounding people or things

will the real —— please stand up in stand US English

Used rhetorically to indicate that the specified person should clarify their position or reveal their true character

if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen in heat US English

If you can’t deal with the pressures and difficulties of a situation or task, you should leave others to deal with it rather than complaining

stand US Thesaurus

Lionel stood in the doorway


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