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witness stand

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noun
  1. the place occupied by a person giving testimony in a court.
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Origin of witness stand

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85
Also called, especially British, witness-box.
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Examples from the Web for witness stand

Historical Examples

  • The arresting officer mounts to the witness-stand and confronts him.

    Dr. Sevier

    George W. Cable

  • I would have liked to have put the boy on the witness-stand.

    Tess of the Storm Country

    Grace Miller White

  • I am not on the witness-stand, and I won't be cross-questioned.

    The Story of a Play

    W. D. Howells

  • Under cover of her delight I escaped from the witness-stand.

    The Plum Tree

    David Graham Phillips

  • The question was not allowed, and the husband left the witness-stand.