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stand-down

or stand·down

[stand-doun]
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  1. Military. a temporary cessation of offensive actions; cease-fire; truce: a stand-down for the Christmas holidays.
  2. 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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  • At stand-down in the dawn (hours afterwards) he was sipping his tot of rum.

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