stand by

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to stand by (phrasal verb, third-person singular simple present stands by, present participle standing by, simple past and past participle stood by)

  1. (idiomatic, intransitive) To wait in expectation of some event; to make ready.
    Please stand by for more instructions.
    • 1935, George Goodchild, chapter 3, Death on the Centre Court:
      It had been his intention to go to Wimbledon, but as he himself said: “Why be blooming well frizzled when you can hear all the results over the wireless. [] You stand by, Janet, and wake me up if they do any of that running commentary stuff.”
  2. (idiomatic) To remain loyal or faithful to.
    Even though money is scarce sometimes, Ann stands by her decision to be a full-time mother.
  3. To do nothing. To be inactive in a situation.
    I can't simply stand by and watch you ruin your life.



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