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Origin of standoff
Words nearby standoff
What does standoff mean?
Such a standoff often involves two or more opposing sides that refuse to budge, back down, or change their position. A political standoff is one in which both sides refuse to come to an agreement or compromise on some policy or course of action. In the context of policing, the word standoff refers to a situation in which a person refuses to be arrested but is keeping police away by threatening violence.
In movies, the tense moment when two characters are pointing weapons at each other and waiting for the other to make a move is often called a standoff.
Standoff can also refer to what happens when a game or other competition ends in a tie or without a winner being declared.
Much less commonly, standoff can be used as an adjective to mean aloof, reserved, or unfriendly, as in The hostess greeted us in a distant, standoff manner. The adjective standoffish is more commonly used to mean the same thing.
Standoff is sometimes hyphenated, as stand-off.
Example: The old enemies stared at each other in a tense standoff, both of them refusing to give an inch.
Where does standoff come from?
The first records of the term standoff come from the 1830s. It comes from the verb phrase stand off, which means to maintain a distance or to reach a stalemate.
The word standoff is often used in the context of tense or seemingly hopeless situations in which two opposing sides are not willing to negotiate or change their positions even a little. It’s especially used in the contexts of politics and policing.
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What are some other forms related to standoff?
- stand-off (alternate, hyphenated spelling)
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How is standoff used in real life?
Standoff is especially used in the contexts of politics and policing.
I just found out after a 10 month standoff, my mom finally agreed to call my baby nephew by his name. She thought his name was stupid and had a one person protest to change it.
— Solomon Georgio (@solomongeorgio) October 16, 2020
I accidentally scared my niece with a roomba earlier and she has now decided to have a standoff with it for 5 mins
— Evvy 🎈🎈🎈 (@Evvobevvo) November 12, 2020
The legendary standoff that shook the multiverse! 😎 pic.twitter.com/K8vtSLrQuJ
— HololiveEnMemes (@HololiveMemes) November 27, 2020
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Is standoff used correctly in the following sentence?
It was a close match, and it ended in a standoff, with neither side being able to secure victory.
Example sentences from the Web for standoff
Notably, many moderates upset with Pelosi have refused to call her out by name – and make it a point criticize both GOP and Democratic leaders for the coronavirus talk standoff.Trump moves closer to Pelosi in economic aid talks, and House speaker must decide next move|Rachael Bade, Erica Werner|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
The proposed partnership, floated over the weekend, had seemed an ingenious solution for extricating the app, which counts more than 100 million American users, from a high-stakes standoff between Washington and Beijing.Trump suddenly turns against TikTok’s delicate deal|claychandler|September 17, 2020|Fortune
Its continued connected TV distribution standoffs with Amazon and Roku.As AT&T considers downsizing its media business, whither WarnerMedia?|Tim Peterson|September 2, 2020|Digiday
It could even come down to an old-fashioned standoff bidding war on the floor of the City Council chambers.
Instead, they are brokering the future of streaming distribution — and using the sharp elbows approaches common in TV standoffs.Shut out of Fire TV and Roku, Peacock is the latest example of the arrival power moves to streaming|Tim Peterson|July 15, 2020|Digiday
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|Michael Daly|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Robert Silverman|October 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Faced with this opponent, the United States has a variety of military options for using its aerial and standoff firepower.
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|Tracy McNicoll|May 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) spoke out against Bundy after the standoff.What Cliven Bundy’s Famous Backers Said, Before and After|Olivia Nuzzi|April 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was a standoff, by my cooking and doing other camp duties and marketing our products.The Adventures of Two Alabama Boys|H. J. Crumpton and Washington Bryan Crumpton
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|Allen Chapman
British Dictionary definitions for standoff
verb stand off (adverb)
Idioms and Phrases with standoff
Stay at a distance, remain apart, as in Carol stood off from the others. [First half of 1600s] This usage gave rise to the adjective standoffish for “aloof” or “reserved in a haughty way.”
Put off, keep away, as in The police stood off the angry strikers. [Second half of 1800s]