or stand·down

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

First recorded in 1920–25; noun use of verb phrase stand down
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British Dictionary definitions for stand-down

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
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Other Idioms and Phrases with stand-down

stand down


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


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]


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

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