- a standing off or apart; aloofness.
- a tie or draw, as in a game.
- something that counterbalances.
- a prop for holding the top of a ladder away from the vertical surface against which it is leaning.
- Electricity. an insulator that supports a conductor above a surface.
- standing off or apart; aloof; reserved: an uncordial and standoff manner.
Origin of standoff
First recorded in 1830–40; noun, adj. use of verb phrase stand off
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Examples from the Web for standoff
He was threatening to immolate both of them when police ended a standoff by grabbing him.Indiana Serial Killer’s Confession Was Just the Start
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Ex-MMA fighter Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller live-tweeted a standoff with police over domestic violence charges.The MMA Fighters Have Gone Crazy: ‘Mayhem’ Miller the Latest in a Long Line of Psycho Pugilists
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Faced with this opponent, the United States has a variety of military options for using its aerial and standoff firepower.Who the U.S. Should Really Hit in ISIS
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Merah was gunned down by police after a tense manhunt and violent 32-hour standoff at his apartment.First Anti-Semitic Attack Since World War II Rocks Brussels
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Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) spoke out against Bundy after the standoff.What Cliven Bundy’s Famous Backers Said, Before and After
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It was a standoff, by my cooking and doing other camp duties and marketing our products.The Adventures of Two Alabama Boys
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But the court will know that you have as much interest in lying as I have, and itll just be a standoff.The Radio Boys at Mountain Pass
- US and Canadian the act or an instance of standing off or apart
- a deadlock or stalemate
- any situation or disposition of forces that counterbalances or neutralizes
- rugby short for stand-off half
- (intr) to navigate a vessel so as to avoid the shore, an obstruction, etc
- (tr) to keep or cause to keep at a distance
- (intr) to reach a deadlock or stalemate
- (tr) to dismiss (workers), esp temporarily
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