stand-down

or stand·down

[ stand-doun ]
/ ˈstændˌdaʊn /

noun

Military. a temporary cessation of offensive actions; cease-fire; truce: a stand-down for the Christmas holidays.
a work stoppage or layoff.

Origin of stand-down

First recorded in 1920–25; noun use of verb phrase stand down

Definition for stand down (2 of 2)

Origin of stand

before 900; Middle English standen (v.), Old English standan; cognate with Old Saxon standan, Middle Dutch standen, Old High German stantan, standa, standan; akin to Latin stāre to stand, sistere, Greek histánai to make stand, Sanskrit sthā to stand, Old Irish at-tá (he) is

Synonym study

25. See bear1.
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British Dictionary definitions for stand down (1 of 2)

stand down


verb (adverb)

(intr) to resign or withdraw, esp in favour of another
(intr) to leave the witness box in a court of law after giving evidence
mainly British to go or be taken off duty

British Dictionary definitions for stand down (2 of 2)

stand

/ (stænd) /

verb stands, standing or stood (mainly intr)

noun

Derived Formsstander, noun

Word Origin for stand

Old English standan; related to Old Norse standa, Old High German stantan, Latin stāre to stand; see stead
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Idioms and Phrases with stand down (1 of 2)

stand down


1

Leave a witness stand, as in The judge told her to stand down. [Late 1600s]

2

Withdraw, as from a political contest or a game or race, as in Harry decided to stand down as a candidate for mayor. [Late 1800s]

3

Go off duty, as in The American forces were ordered to stand down. [Early 1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with stand down (2 of 2)

stand


In addition to the idioms beginning with stand

  • stand a chance
  • stand at ease
  • stand by
  • stand corrected
  • stand down
  • stand fast
  • stand for
  • stand guard
  • stand in awe
  • stand in for
  • standing joke
  • standing on one's head
  • stand in good stead
  • standing order
  • stand off
  • stand on
  • stand one's ground
  • stand on one's own feet
  • stand out
  • stand over
  • stand pat
  • stand still for
  • stand the gaff
  • stand the sight of
  • stand to reason
  • stand up
  • stand up and be counted
  • stand up for
  • stand up to
  • stand up with

also see:

  • can't stand the sight of
  • heart misses a beat (stands still)
  • (stand) in awe of
  • it stands to reason
  • know where one stands
  • make a stand
  • make one's hair stand on end
  • not have (stand) an earthly chance
  • take a stand
  • without a leg to stand on
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