stand out

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stand out (third-person singular simple present stands out, present participle standing out, simple past and past participle stood out)

  1. (intransitive, idiomatic) To be obvious or conspicuous, in contrast to one's surroundings.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter VIII
      The path led straight across the clearing into another forest, lying upon the verge of which I saw a bit of white. It appeared to stand out in marked contrast and incongruity to all its surroundings, and when I stopped to examine it, I found that it was a small strip of muslin--part of the hem of a garment.
    • 2011 October 1, John Sinnott, “Aston Villa 2 - 0 Wigan”, BBC Sport:
      The Scottish midfielder had an impressive game for Villa and his passing and vision stood out throughout.
    • 2013 June 7, Joseph Stiglitz, “Globalisation is about taxes too”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 19: 
      It is time the international community faced the reality: we have an unmanageable, unfair, distortionary global tax regime. It is a tax system that is pivotal in creating the increasing inequality that marks most advanced countries today – with America standing out in the forefront and the UK not far behind.

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