- 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
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Historical Examples of stand-down
At stand-down in the dawn (hours afterwards) he was sipping his tot of rum.