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 for stand

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 forms of stand

stander, 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

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